Summary

The Office of Special Programs (OSP) is a division of the Office of Medical Education (OME) of the School of Medicine.

One of the core programs of OSP is the Medical Education Development (MED) program. The MED Program was established in 1974 to increase opportunities in the health professions for underrepresented minority (URM) and disadvantaged students. These students demonstrate educational promise and commitment to a health career but have lacked the opportunity in the past in moving toward their professional goals.


Timeline

1951

First African-American student enrolls at the UNC School of Medicine.

1965

First minority dental students enroll at the UNC School of Dentistry.

1974

Medical Education Development (MED) Program is established.

1981

The Lawrence Zollicoffer Lecture is established by members of the UNC chapter of the Student National Medical Association with the support of the dean of the School of Medicine.

Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer

1985

Mr. Larry Keith joins the UNC School of Medicine as the Associate Director of the Medical Education Development (MED) Program.

1992

Mr. Larry Keith becomes the director of the Office of Special Programs.

2004

The Merrimon Family joins in providing support to the Dr. Zollicoffer lecture.

2011

Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP becomes the director of the Office of Special Programs.