About Acting Internships
The best way to see our residency first hand is to do an acting internship (AI) with us. This will give you an opportunity to work closely with residents from all three years of training as well as various faculty members. During this month long rotation, you will work on both our Family Medicine Inpatient Service (FMIS) and our Maternal Child Health Service (MCH). You will also have an opportunity to spend a few half days in our outpatient clinic and attend our Wednesday morning conference series with our resident physicians. On the FMIS you will be an integral part of a team of resident and attending physicians who provide the care for adult and pediatric patients. You will have primary responsibility for the care of your assigned patients throughout their hospital stay. On our MCH service you will be exposed to family centered maternity care and work with residents, attendings, and our nurse midwife. There will be overnight call on both services.
Over the course of the month you will have ample opportunity to inquire about rotation specifics and life in the residency. Working closely with the residents will give you a sense of the groups’ personality and allows you to assess for yourself the all-important subjective fit this program has for you. The best time to do this rotation is in the first six months of the fourth year or the last six months of the third year. If you know before your rotation that would like to interview with our residency program and come during interview season (November – January), we are happy to work to accommodate that request during your month with us so you do not have to travel back to Chapel Hill to interview.
Our Acting Internship has been growing in popularity and thus the application process can be competitive. We invite all students who are committed to a career in Family Medicine and who are still deciding if Family Medicine is right for them. We can accommodate up to three students each month and UNC students are given first priority. UNC students apply and are scheduled through the Office of Student Affairs. Applications from students external to UNC School of Medicine must be received through the VSAS system. Canadian, International, and Osteopathic students are not eligible to use the VSAS system, therefore those students submit their transcript, CV, and documentation of passage of Step directly to the office of student affairs. Our department will review all of the applications and supporting documents. Ultimate approval by the director of the Family Medicine acting internship (or designee) must occur before a rotation can be scheduled. You will receive an email after we have reviewed your application materials.
If you have any questions please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 919-962-8335 or our Administrative Assistant for Medical Student Programs, Carolyn Joines, at 919-966-2824. Visiting students can also visit http://www.med.unc.edu/ome/studentaffairs/visiting-student-program to find answers to many questions. We look forward to working with you in the near future.