Overview and Application Process

The Technology in Medicine is an innovative approach to medical education at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine (UNC SOM). In an age so dominated by increasing use of technology, our goal is to teach students how to best use these resources to foster both high-quality medical education and patient care. Students in this scholarly concentration program will have longitudinal exposure to myriad ways technology is used in medicine. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty members in the SOM, but also in the computer science department, as well as many other resources in other UNC schools, as well as the Research Triangle Park. Examples of technologies include, but are not limited to: mobile health technology, electronic medical record, wearable devices, apps, websites, and high-fidelity medical simulation.

Goals of the Technology in Medicine Scholarly Concentration are:

  • Provide an integrated, 4-year elective program that explores the cross-section of information technology and medicine.
  • Increase knowledge and exposure to specific technologies used in patient care and medical education.
  • Individualize each student’s experience to maximize mentorship and practical hands-on experiences.
  • Facilitate research activities, critical thinking, and technology development.

Students who wish to participate in the Technology in Medicine Scholarly Concentration should submit 3-4 paragraphs explaining why they are interested in completing the scholarly concentration program. Interested students are also encouraged to participate in activities of the Technology in Medicine Student Interest Group. Students will be selected based on interest, demonstrated commitment to improving healthcare through technology, and prior experiences in information sciences (this is not required). Please submit your application for a scholarly concentration program by January 29, 2018 by 8 am using this ONLINE APPLICATION. Applications for all scholarly concentration programs will be distributed to directors for their review; expect follow up communication from them.

Scholarly Concentration Structure and Highlights

Foundation Phase

Students must complete at least one of the following during Foundation Phase

  • Complete the elective MEDI TBD – Special Topics on Technology in Medicine
  • Technology-related mentored research by an approved faculty member during the summer between first and second years
  • Learn a new coding language via UNC undergraduate course or other
  • All students will participate in monthly presentations, invited speakers related to Technology in Medicine subjects
  • All students will join/lead the Technology in Medicine student group and contribute to ongoing SOM Technology in Medicine projects

Application Phase

Students will:

  • Be a class representative for iPad and other technology issues as they arise
  • Consider a technology-related project for their quality improvement project during CBLC
  • Continue work on their longitudinal project

Individualization Phase

Students will either:

  • Complete a longitudinal project for credit OR
  • Design and complete a 4 week elective for credit that relates to technology in healthcare (“digital sprints” or internships may be options)

Additional Enrichment Activities

  • Optional: UNC Digital Sprint, Carolina Digital Health Research Initiative (CaDHRI), Triangle Health Innovation Challenge
  • Monthly invited speakers and healthcare technology presentations