Care of hospitalized adults and children, medical student education, teaching with technology, mobile health, global health (Latin America)
BS Summa Cum Laude: University of Alabama, 2002; MD: University of North Carolina, 2006; Residency: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics – University of North Carolina, 2006-2010; Academic Hospitalist – Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics: University of North Carolina, 2010-2016; Academic Hospitalist – Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, 2016 – present; Director, Pediatric Medical Student Education 2014 – present; Director, Technology in Medical Education (TiME) Program 2016 – present.
Dr. Richard Hobbs is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine. He is an academic hospitalist who specializes in taking care of both adults and children who have been hospitalized. Additionally, Dr. Hobbs is the Director of Student Education in Pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine where he oversees curriculum designs and delivery of all pediatric educational content across the state.
Dr. Hobbs is passionate about integrating technology into medical education and training physicians to compassionately use technological resources to care for patients and families. As Director of the Technology in Medical Education (TiME) program, he has spearheaded an initiative to put an iPad mini in the hand of each student, loaded with the necessary resources to improve education and patient care.
Outside of his formal roles in the Hospital and School of Medicine, Dr. Hobbs always seeks to use his skills to serve those in need. As a volunteer physician and board member of Samaritan Health Center in Durham, NC, Dr. Hobbs works to ensure equal access to quality medical care for disadvantaged populations. In addition to local work, Dr. Hobbs also has a heart for global medicine, with active work in Honduras, Nicaragua and Malawi. With all of these endeavors, Dr. Hobbs seeks to incorporate medical students and residents in these projects, all in the name of creating a compassionate and capable generation of future physicians.
Gilchrist M, Hobbs R, Liles EA. Volunteerism Among Hospitalists and Non-Hospitalists at Academic and Community Medical Centers in North Carolina. American Journal of Hospital Medicine. April 2017
Hobbs RP and Chung R. “Dysuria” in Feld, et al. Succinct Pediatrics. Illinois: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2015.
“Rhabdomyolysis and Acute Renal Failure”. Liles, EA and Wardrop, R.. Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Case-Based Review. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
Recognitions and Honors
Alpha Omega Alpha – 2005; Phi Beta Kappa – 2002; Apple Distinguished Educator – 2017; Faculty Innovation Award – 2017 UNC Academy of Educators; Volunteerism and Community Service Award – 2015 – American College of Physicians, North Carolina chapter; Best Clinical Clerkship Award – 2015, 2016; Junior Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award – 2014