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The University of North Carolina Department of Pediatrics is excited to offer the Redding-Lallinger Virtual Visiting Pediatric Rotation for fourth-year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine.  The AAMC defines underrepresented in medicine as, “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.”

About the Rotation

This 4-week rotation will offer a dynamic curriculum to prepare students for internship and opportunities to engage with our UNC Pediatrics community. Sessions will include tips for intern efficiency, case presentations from the hospital, one-on-one meetings with program leadership, and “coffee chats” with faculty in the field of a student’s interest.  The rotation will take place on a monthly basis from August to December, with groups of 8-10 students participating each month.

Application Information

A brief application will require a statement of interest, unofficial transcript, and attestation of passing USMLE Step 1/COMLEX Level 1. For many reasons, academic credit through UNC SOM will not be available for this rotation experience; however, if there is a pathway for a student to propose their own independent study experience through their home institution, students are encouraged to use our rotation towards that experience.  We are happy to fill out any required home institution evaluations and assign a P/F grade for that part of their individual experience.

Applications for 2021 are no longer being accepted; applications for 2022 will open on May 16, 2022.

Who is Dr. Rupa Redding-Lallinger?

Dr. Rupa Redding-Lallinger with a patient. Dr. Rupa Redding-Lallinger is a trailblazer at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics. She graduated from Cornell Medical College of Cornell University prior to completing the combined Internal Medicine – Pediatrics Residency Program at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in 1984. Dr. Redding-Lallinger was the first African American graduate of a residency training program in the Department of Pediatrics selected to serve as Chief Resident. Dr. Redding-Lallinger went on to complete a Pediatric Hematology-Oncology fellowship at UNC Hospitals and was a faculty member in the Division of Hematology-Oncology for over 30 years, serving as director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Program. She directed the clinical care for thousands of families in North Carolina and revolutionized the care for children and adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease. Dr. Redding-Lallinger is an exceptional and selfless mentor to students, trainees, and faculty.  She has provided consistent, unwavering support to those seeking careers in pediatrics and academic medicine. Dr. Redding-Lallinger is an amazing advocate for racial and healthcare equity within education, clinical care, and leadership.  She retired from the Department of Pediatrics in 2018; however, she remains an active champion for racial equity within our community.


Feel free to contact the Course Directors:

  • Dr. Christian Lawrence:
  • Dr. Eric Zwemer: