The mission of the Department of Medicine Residency Program is to foster the development of outstanding internists. Under the guidance of dedicated faculty who value resident autonomy, residents become skilled in the care of patients in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Residents learn compassionate team-based care, always mindful of the best evidence to support clinical decisions. Guided by a strong sense of altruism, our residents embrace the concepts of life-long learning and teaching.

Welcome from the Program Director

The Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a distinguished reputation among the top academic departments in the country, leading in research (ranking 7th in the nation for NIH funding), academic scholarship, and patient care. Although many of our faculty have leadership positions in national and international organizations and are broadly recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, they work alongside our residents in the outpatient and inpatient settings to fulfill the primary missions of patient care, research, and education.

Our strengths include a philosophy that resident autonomy grows in a clinically challenging yet supportive environment, an emphasis on producing internists who have a solid general foundation via the breadth of clinical expertise, mentoring, and research opportunities provided by our unique subspecialty training experiences, and a culture of respect for resident opinion and involvement.

Clinical Focus

Interns and residents are the primary doctors for each patient. Senior residents and faculty are actively involved in patient care and provide a safe and supervised setting. Our residents become outstanding doctors who have exceptional, broad based training and are able to care for any patient, anywhere. We believe that regardless of the field or setting in which you eventually chose to practice, you will be better by being first and foremost an outstanding, well-rounded physician.

Research and Mentoring

Our unique system of subspecialty clinical services allows residents to work closely with nationally recognized faculty who are experts in their chosen fields. This promotes innumerable research and mentoring opportunities, and contributes greatly to the breadth and depth of clinical teaching and education. Resident participation in research is highly encouraged and with significant investment from the Department of Medicine, a new program for future Physician Investigators has been established for residents seeking further training via the ABIM research pathway.


The respect for resident opinion is palpable. Faculty respect the resident role in patient care, as well as the importance of resident opinion, participation, and leadership within the program and healthcare system.

Educational Outcomes

Why do our residents have such an outstanding reputation? Why is our board pass rate consistently above 96%? We provide for resident autonomy so that residents can shape their environment and truly learn by doing. We foster an environment in which residents can learn the right way to care for patients in a safe and high value manner. We provide opportunities for and encourage resident participation in mentored research. We respect our residents and their opinions. And we focus on providing a solid structure of subspecialty and general based training in a clinically challenging and yet supportive environment.

We invite you to learn more about our program and look forward to having you visit!


Debra L. Bynum, MD, MMEL
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program

Upcoming Events

A New Year’s Wish From Our Residents

Find the educational materials here.

Updated 2019 group photo – view here!

“How to Ace a Residency Interview” – panel discussion including Dr. Deb Bynum.
Watch it here.

“Preparing for the Residency Interview Process” – Listen to it here.