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Jaime Foster plays a large role in making sure the Department of Medicine runs smoothly and after 13 years she is still met with new tasks to take on every day. Jaime is also a traveler at heart and often likes to adventure without a specific destination planned. Soon she hopes to explore internationally.

Jaime FosterWhat’s your role and how long have you been a part of our Department?

I’m a senior executive assistant in Medicine Administration, and have been with the department 13 years.

Where are you from?

Winston-Salem, NC

What originally attracted you to work at UNC Department of Medicine?

I was relatively new to Chapel Hill. I was working with a temporary agency and took a short term assignment in the department. Several months later, an admin position was posted, I applied and was hired.  Since then, I’ve received several promotions.

What is the most interesting project you’ve been a part of so far?

The total redesign of the Medicine Administration Suite. At that time, Dr. Falk had recently become the department Chair, and Karen was recently hired.  She and I were temporarily relocated to the “workroom” in the Nephrology offices in Burnett Womack! The leadership team was relocated to assorted locations.  It was quite the experience😊!  Karen and I got to know each other well, and it was great getting to know the staff in Nephrology.

What do you enjoy most about working here?

The people. My coworkers are great, and the department leadership team are all excellent.

How has your role evolved over time since you’ve been here?

I was the assistant to Dr. Runge the previous chair for a number of years. He was also Executive Dean and director of TraCS. When he left, I was ready to move on or step back! Dr. Falk brought in Karen, and it’s been a great fit for everyone.

What is one thing that you wish people knew about your job?

How diverse it is. Everyday is different.  My mantra is “I learn something new everyday”, and after 13 years, I still do.

What are you most proud of, personal or professional?

My two sons. They are grown men and are both amazing!

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

To travel internationally.

Do you have hobbies outside of work that you enjoy?

I’m involved in several dinner, and community groups. I volunteer with Habitat.  I like to read mysteries and I go for walks with friends.

What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?

As I’ve gotten older, I often get in my car and just take off for an adventure without a specific destination. I love exploring new places and wish I had done more impromptu traveling earlier.

What’s something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

In my 20’s I was a coach for a girls dance team.