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Dr. Sam Weir Quoted by President Obama

Dr. Sam Weir Quoted by President Obama

On Dec. 3, President Barack Obama gave remarks on the Affordable Care Act and quoted Dr. Sam Weir from UNC Family Medicine. We've highlighted the mention of Dr. Weir in a transcript of the President's remarks.

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States continue to place clinicians where they are in short supply, despite recession

States continue to place clinicians where they are in short supply, despite recession

Despite the recent recession, states increased the overall number of loan repayment programs designed to recruit health care professionals to live and practice in underserved communities, according to research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The most popular of these incentive programs offer young physicians, dentists, mental health providers and other health professionals the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while serving in communities with limited access to care.

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UNC Family Medicine Physicians receive national award from Midwifery group

UNC Family Medicine Physicians receive national award from Midwifery group

The American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) presented Dr. Martha Carlough and the faculty of the University of North Carolina’s Department of Family Medicine with the prestigious “Collaborating Physician Award” for 2013.

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UNC Family Medicine is now on Facebook

UNC Family Medicine is now on Facebook

We are excited to join Facebook! Check out our page and make sure to 'like us' to get our latest news on everything from education to research to patient care. Please find our page by searching UNC Family Medicine.

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Mobile Mammography comes to the UNC Family Medicine Center

Mobile Mammography comes to the UNC Family Medicine Center

The UNC Rex Mammography Van came to the Family Medicine Center to provide patients with free or low cost mammograms. That day, the Family Medicine Center staff wore pink in honor of breast cancer awareness.

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To test or not to test: Blood glucose monitoring for patients with type 2 diabetes

To test or not to test: Blood glucose monitoring for patients with type 2 diabetes

UNC Family Medicine physician, Katrina Donahue, MD MPH, is part of a team of researchers to receive more than $2 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study glucose monitoring in non-insulin treated patients living with type 2 diabetes,

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Should doctors be involved in the concealed-weapons permit process?

Should doctors be involved in the concealed-weapons permit process?

UNC's Dr. Adam Goldstein and colleagues discuss in the New England Journal of Medicine medical, ethical, and legal concerns about physician involvement in concealed weapons permits. They argue that standards, protocols and new policies are needed for physicians to adequately assess a patient’s physical or mental competency in concealed-weapons permitting.

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Dr. Anthony Viera Awarded 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. Anthony Viera Awarded 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award

Anthony Viera MD MPH, distinguished associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine, was one of 24 recipients of the 2013 University Teaching Awards. Dr. Viera, and three other faculty members, received the Distinguished Teaching Awards for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction.

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UNC Family Medicine patient, Rosetta Barbee, turns 100!

UNC Family Medicine patient, Rosetta Barbee, turns 100!

A longtime UNC Family Medicine patient, Rosetta Barbee, turned 100 years old! We celebrated with her at the UNC Family Medicine Center. Dr. Sam Weir from UNC Family Medicine cares for her and was there to welcome her to the party.

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Few Effective, Evidence-Based Interventions for Children Exposed to Traumatic Events

Few Effective, Evidence-Based Interventions for Children Exposed to Traumatic Events

UNC Family Medicine physician Dr. Adam Zolotor co-authors a review that finds about two of every three children will experience at least one traumatic event before they turn 18, but only a few psychotherapeutic treatments showed possible benefits for children exposed to trauma.

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Town of Chapel Hill Named Healthiest Employer

Town of Chapel Hill Named Healthiest Employer

The Town of Chapel Hill was recently named one of the Triangle’s Healthiest Employers by the Triangle Business Journal because of its innovative employee wellness program designed and delivered by UNC Family Medicine called Wellness@Work.

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Inaugural Wilkerson Professorship Awarded to Dr. Anthony Viera from UNC Family Medicine

Inaugural Wilkerson Professorship Awarded to Dr. Anthony Viera from UNC Family Medicine

UNC Family Medicine associate professor Anthony Viera, MD MPH is the inaugural recipient of the Charles Baynes Wilkerson, MD ‘06 Distinguished Professorship in Family Medicine. The Wilkerson professorship was created by Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson in memory of her father, Dr. Charles B. Wilkerson, through her generous giving.

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UNC Celebrates 60 Years of Caring for North Carolinians

UNC Celebrates 60 Years of Caring for North Carolinians

Sixty years ago, a group of visionaries created a four-year medical school and a hospital. The goal was to persuade the people and their representatives in Raleigh to support an enormously ambitious plan to improve health care by building new hospitals, upgrading old ones and training more doctors.

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UNC Family Medicine releases best private fundraising numbers ever

UNC Family Medicine releases best private fundraising numbers ever

UNC Family Medicine announces a record year for private fundraising, making fiscal year 2012 its best ever. “Without question this was a remarkable fundraising year for the department of Family Medicine," said department chair, Warren Newton MD MPH. “Businesses, Foundations and individuals understand that advances in primary care represent the most promising ways to dramatically improve health outcomes and quality while significantly reducing costs. We are honored and humbled that our donors choose UNC Family Medicine as the best organization to achieve these goals.”

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UNC Family Medicine Releases 2012 Annual Report

Ranked number two in the nation, UNC Family Medicine has earned a national leadership role in primary care research, education and patient care innovation. The 2012 Annual Report provides the details behind the department's tremendous success.

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UNC Family Medicine Center is a Patient-Centered Medical Home

UNC Family Medicine Center is a Patient-Centered Medical Home

The UNC Family Medicine Center is a Patient -Centered Medical Home. In a medical home, the practice is organized around the patient – communication is based on trust, respect and shared decision-making. Patients want access to personalized, coordinated and comprehensive primary care and medical information when they need it, when it's convenient for them.

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Older women with healthy bones may not need another screen for 15 years

Older women with healthy bones may not need another screen for 15 years

UNC Family Medicine's Dr. Margaret L. Gourlay is the lead author of a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study finds that women aged 67 years and older with normal bone mineral density scores may not need screening again for 15 years.

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Fewer butts means less smoking on campuses with tobacco-free policies

Fewer butts means less smoking on campuses with tobacco-free policies

Researchers from UNC Family Medicine released a study showing that fewer cigarette butts are being found on college campuses since new policies banning tobacco use were adopted, suggesting that restricting tobacco use on school property effectively reduces smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

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