A family within a family.
Upon joining our program, first year students are drafted into one of the five student teams at the annual Program Retreat. This draft usually takes place as the trivia game “Three Truths and a Lie” about each of the incoming students, and teams that guess the lie correctly win the lucky student as a teammate. Teams are composed of students from each year in the program, and serve as a built-in mentoring and support system throughout training. While our program is small enough that students all know each other, teams provide a subset of the program that you know well and can feel comfortable asking questions about anything you may need.
As the UNC MD-PhD Program is truly a student run program, each team is in charge of several events during the academic year. Additionally, every team chooses a service project to complete each year as their way to give back to the surrounding community. Examples of service projects in the past include building homes with Habitat for Humanity, cooking and serving meals at the Chapel Hill soup kitchen, volunteering at the DNA Day 5K, maintaining the trails in Battle Park, cooking and cleaning at the Ronald McDonald House, and more.
In charge of: Planning the Retreat
The KOs are responsible for planning the retreat festivities, including the new student draft, breakout sessions, faculty speakers, the contested annual Team Competition, and night time socializing.
Epo Induced Progenitors
In charge of: Planning the First Interview Weekend
Team EPO runs the first interview weekend, which includes organizing and attending all of the weekend events and recruiting other students to attend events and meet our awesome applicants. The EPO team captains are also in charge of securing current students to serve as guides that will usher each applicant to and from their interviews on the first interview day.
Gene’s Dream Team
In charge of: Planning the Second Interview Weekend
The Dream Team runs the second interview weekend, including organizing and attending all of the weekend events. They also recruiting additional students to attend events and meet our awesome applicants. The Dream Team captains are also in charge of securing current students to serve as guides that will usher each applicant to and from their interviews on the second interview day.
In charge of: Planning the Second Look Visit
The WTs are in charge of organizing second look events, including dinner at a faculty member’s home, a happy hour, and the UNC MSTP Awesomeness Poster Session, an event that showcases the many student-led initiatives of our program. Team Wildtype is also responsible for recruiting students from the rest of the program to attend Second Look activities.
In charge of: Transportation for All Program Events
Cell Yeah organizes rides for MD-PhD students to all program-related events. They are the van drivers that get students to the retreat and interviewees to the airport. They are like Uber, but free and exclusive to MD-PhD students.