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UNC Family Medicine to host STFM pre-conference workshop

UNC Family Medicine to host STFM pre-conference workshop

Kick-off the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference by joining us on May 5th for a half-day leadership training session led by UNC Faculty Development Fellowship program faculty. Topics will include learners who struggle in precepting situations, didactic learning, and the rigors of residency.

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Kids saying no to cigarettes are saying yes to vaping

Kids saying no to cigarettes are saying yes to vaping

In a study led by UNC Family Medicine’s Adam Goldstein, MD, researchers found that efforts are needed to help youth remain nicotine free – especially those adolescents who aren’t otherwise susceptible to smoking cigarettes.

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UNC Family Medicine Alumni & Friends Weekend is April 13-14th

UNC Family Medicine Alumni & Friends Weekend is April 13-14th

This year's Alumni & Friends Weekend is April 13th-14th. The theme is "Innovation in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management," and our former chair Warren Newton, MD, MPH will be speaking. Come join current faculty and past residents and fellows in a wonderful weekend.

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A prescription for fruits and veggies

A prescription for fruits and veggies

A new study led by researchers at UNC, including Dana Neutze, MD, of the Department of Family Medicine, and NC State University will give a weekly allotment of locally grown vegetables to low-income, high-risk patients at The UNC Family Medicine Center, in addition to connecting them with existing nutrition education programs. Researchers will track changes in patient diet and biometric measures, as well as the impact on farmers—the revenue and risks associated with the program.

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Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence

Majority of doctors do not counsel patients about firearm violence

In the first survey of its kind, UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, show that a majority of physicians are unlikely to counsel patients about firearms or firearm safety, but that more continuing medical education on the topic would increase physician counseling behaviors

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NCI grant to help more cancer patients become tobacco-free

NCI grant to help more cancer patients become tobacco-free

A grant from the National Cancer Institute will help expand tobacco cessation programs for cancer patients at the N.C. Cancer Hospital, a continued expansion of the Nicotine Dependence Program.

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Newton named President and CEO of American Board of Family Medicine

Newton named President and CEO of American Board of Family Medicine

Warren Newton, Family Medicine faculty member and former chair, has been named president and CEO of the American Board of Family Medicine. The American Board of Family Medicine is one of the 24 Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties. Founded in 1969, it is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose objective is to encourage excellence in medical care.

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Niblock earns prestigious Pisacano Scholarship

Niblock earns prestigious Pisacano Scholarship

Niblock, a 4th year medical student mentored by UNC Family Medicine faculty, earns prestigious Pisacano Scholarship

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UNC-led FIT program helps former prisoners take on chronic illnesses

UNC-led FIT program helps former prisoners take on chronic illnesses

A $340,000 The Duke Endowment grant helps UNC Family Medicine physician Evan Ashkin expand Formerly Incarcerated Transition program into Orange County.

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UNC Family Medicine wins Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics

UNC Family Medicine wins Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics

The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition has awarded UNC Family Medicine Center the Mother-Baby Award for Outpatient Healthcare Clinics. Awardees represent the best our state has to offer in terms of support for the breastfeeding family.

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A new resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers

A new resource for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers

Longtime UNC family medicine researcher Philip Sloane, MD, MPH, wrote a book that employs the latest clinical evidence to help those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

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Community Health Spotlight: Sherry Hay, MPA

Community Health Spotlight: Sherry Hay, MPA

Sherry Hay, MPA directs a number of community health initiatives across the department-- from helping the uninsured find options, to providing workshops on chronic disease self-management and coordinating Wellness at Work discussions and initiatives. Read a little bit about what she does and why!

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Is the finger-stick blood test necessary for type 2 diabetes treatment?

Is the finger-stick blood test necessary for type 2 diabetes treatment?

In the first large pragmatic trial of its kind in the United States, results from a UNC School of Medicine study show that checking finger-stick blood sugars may not help diabetes patients who do not use insulin. UNC Family Medicine's research director, Dr. Katrina Donahue, was the senior author on the study.

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Clinical Data 101

Clinical Data 101

Did you know the UNC Health Care system participates in research collaboratives that use clinical data to answer difficult questions and to advance quality improvement in practices? Read more here.

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Round-the-clock monitoring: bringing home the blood pressure cuff

Round-the-clock monitoring: bringing home the blood pressure cuff

We spend the early moments of most healthcare visits sitting with an arm in a blood pressure cuff, waiting for the monitor to take its measurement so that the cuff will relax and let our arm “breathe” again.

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Beat Steiner elected President of Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Beat Steiner elected President of Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Beat Steiner, MD, MPH, a UNC Family Medicine faculty member, has been elected President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He will begin his term as President-Elect in May.

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Dr. Cristy Page named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Cristy Page named Chair of the Department of Family Medicine

Cristen P. Page, MD, MPH, has been named chair of the department of Family Medicine, effective March 30. Page is a multifaceted and nationally recognized innovator and clinical educator.

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Research Spotlight: Q&A With Emily Olsson, CCRP & Julie Gras-Najjar, CCRP

Research Spotlight: Q&A With Emily Olsson, CCRP & Julie Gras-Najjar, CCRP

FMC's Emily Olsson and Julie Gras-Najjar work with UNC's Hypertension Research Program and help coordinate research studies across the department. Emily and Julie love working with patients, and they especially enjoy collecting data and learning from each study.

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Bodenheimer visits UNC, delivers Huntley Lecture, discusses Quadruple Aim

Bodenheimer visits UNC, delivers Huntley Lecture, discusses Quadruple Aim

Thomas Bodenheimer, MD, a nationally renowned expert in team-based primary care and provider wellness, visited Chapel Hill as the 13th Annual Robert R. Huntley visiting professor. During the course of his stay, he applauded UNC School of Medicine’s Wellness Initiatives and affirmed UNC Family Medicine’s efforts to transform their clinic.

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