Zollicoffer Conference 2018

On behalf of the Office of Special Programs, and the Zollicoffer and Cross family, we cordially invite you the 37th Annual Zollicoffer Conference. Dr. Lawrence Zollicoffer (1930-1976) was the fourth African-American graduate of the UNC School of Medicine and founder of the Garywn Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Zollicoffer graduated from NC A&T State University at age 17, the youngest to do so. He then earned his medical degree in 1962 from UNC School of Medicine after waiting nearly a decade for its doors to open to students of color. A supporter and activist for civil and human rights, Dr. Zollicoffer dedicated his life to the health care of the community in which he practiced. Throughout his life, he exemplified qualities that students admire and hope to emulate as future physicians. Accordingly, we have planned several events directed towards celebrating the legacy of Dr. Zollicoffer and honoring the accomplishments of our lecturer, Dr. William Lynn Weaver.

Thursday, February 22nd Events

The 37th Zollicoffer-Merrimon Lectureship
The Zollicoffer Lectureship was established in 1981 by members of the UNC chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) with the support of Dean Bondurant of the UNC School of Medicine. Named in honor of Lawrence Zollicoffer, MD the lecture is intended to increase the awareness of minority health issues and introduce the student body to dynamic minority role models in the field of medicine. In 2004, the Merrimon Family joined in providing support to this program.
Lecturer: William Lynn Weaver, MD
Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: Old Clinic Auditorium
Registration: Not required

SNMA Silent Auction and Reception
Each year the UNC SOM chapter of the Student National Medical Association hosts a Silent Auction during the Zollicoffer events to benefit a community non-profit such as a local mentoring program for elementary students.
Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Location: Carolina Club
Registration: Not required; please remember to register for the banquet.

Zollicoffer-Merrimon Banquet
The 37th Annual Zollicoffer-Merrimon Banquet is our annual event that honors our lecturer as well as recognizes the contributions of our SNMA, LMSA and QSA students to the community this past year, award the Zollicoffer-Cross Community Health Fellowship and honors some special guests in attendance.
Date: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Carolina Club
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/ycfa4b5e

Friday, February 23rd Events

Zollicoffer Committee presents the documentary “Raising Bertie”
Debuting in 2017, Raising Bertie follows several young men of color in rural, eastern NC as they navigate coming of age in an area with significant barriers to education, healthcare, and economic advancement. Join us for a screening of the film and conversation following surrounding the anvil of poverty and mechanisms for change.
Date: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Time: 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Location: Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB) 2204
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/y98jn75x

Saturday, February 24th Events

Zollicoffer committee presents “Moving from Dialogue to Action:” A Community Problem Solving Project
The Zollicoffer committee is committed to developing programs that not only enrich underdeveloped communities but also effectively addresses everyday issues and struggles that serve as deterrents to meaningful growth and individual success. Accordingly, the 2018 Zollicoffer community service project will be a think tank that brings together a multidisciplinary group of community leaders, health professionals, education pioneers, students and administrative staff that think of actionable ways to address the issues in rural and urban communities like Bertie and Durham Counties, NC.
Date: Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: Bondurant Hall G100 (PDF Version)
Registration: http://tinyurl.com/y86e9qcs

If you have any questions, please contact, Lisa Long: lisa_long@med.unc.edu

We hope to see you all!

Cedric M. Bright, MD, FACP
Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence
Director, Office of Special Programs
Clinical Associate Professor – Medicine
UNC School of Medicine
112th President National Medical Association

Highlights from Zollicoffer past

Ronny Bell, PhD

Alumni Reconnect Committee (ARC) Members

Katrina Avery, MD ’91
Cedric M. Bright, MD ’90
Hector Cooper, MD ’96
Roy Flood, MD ’91
Lisa Gillespie, MD ’94
Leon Herndon, MD ‘ 91
Yewande Johnson, MD ’99
Saundra Maass-Robinson, MD ’81
Zana H. Marks, MD ’90
Sean McLean, MD ’98
Pam Oliver, MD, MPH ’01
LeVonne Powell-Tillman, MD ’99
Vincent Schooler, MD, MPH ’00
Michael L. Zollicoffer, MD ’84
Wesley C. Fowler, MD ’66, Associate Dean for Medical Alumni Affairs
Georgette Dent, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Emily Stevens, Director of Medical Education and Alumni Development