We welcome your interest in the University of North Carolina Combined Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics! Our philosophy of training residents in the disciplines of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics is rooted in the history of the program. In 1967, a UNC resident petitioned the boards of internal medicine and pediatrics to support training and board eligibility in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. The boards recognized this concept, and since this time UNC has integrated the training of residents across both disciplines. As one of the oldest combined programs, we have graduates who finished their residencies in the mid-1970s.

Since our program’s inception, we have strongly supported the philosophy that residents in combined training are most successful when fully integrated into each department. Internal Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) residents are given the same supervision, responsibilities and opportunities as their colleagues in the categorical medicine and pediatric residency training programs. With these opportunities, we have found that Med-Peds residents have thrived, successfully becoming the composite of what is best in both disciplines.

We recognize that combined training is a rigorous but unique opportunity. Though fully integrated into each of the departments, the residents also have a unique identity. The Med-Peds identity is supported with Med-Peds trained faculty, conferences/Grand Rounds and combined clinical rotations and continuity clinic experiences.

We believe our Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Training Program is one of the finest. Our residents are exposed to a wide variety of clinical experiences and emerge from residency well prepared for either primary care clinical practice or further sub-specialty training. We emphasize a scholarly, evidenced-based approach to medicine that provides skills in training and lifelong learning. If you are interested in a well-established academic program in a friendly environment, we hope that you will consider the Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at the University of North Carolina.


Dr. Contarino graduated from Duke University in 1999 with a degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering. From there, he spent four years as an officer in the United States Navy with the Civil Engineers Corps traveling and gaining leadership experience. After his navy career, Dr. Contarino returned to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and also completed residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UNC. Following this, he joined the faculty at WakeMed as an internal medicine and pediatric hospitalist, focusing on resident and medical student education. Among other duties and volunteer activities, Dr. Contarino serves on the Hospital Ethics Committee, and chairs the Care Delivery Team for patient and family centered care. He has won several teaching awards throughout residency and his time as a hospitalist, including the Robert L Ney Award, Harvey J Hamrick Excellence in Teaching Award, and the WakeMed Faculty Teaching Award.



“UNC provides a special environment where top notch medical care is put to work for the people of North Carolina. There is a sense of community in these hospitals unlike almost anywhere else, with both a mission to serve our patients, and also to work well with one another. The environment is friendly and challenges every member of the staff to work to the best of his or her ability. This setting makes residency here the best combination of challenging and rewarding. I can not imagine myself working anywhere else.”

-Steven Hochman, PGY-4

“While UNC has excellent academics and top-notch training experiences, what ultimately made me choose UNC was the people: a fantastic mix of both dedicated and focused clinicians, as well as an enthusiastic group filled with curiosity for both the science and the art of medicine. And beyond the hospital, my fellow residents are a truly inspirational and tight-knit family. The support I’ve noticed, both within the program and throughout the hospital at large as been incredible! The MP program has such a well balanced and well established role in the Tar Heel community, and is the perfect place for me to learn both internal medicine and pediatrics!”

-Matt Waters, PGY-3

“When interviewing for Med-Peds, I wanted to find a place with strong, balanced training in both categorical programs. UNC undoubtedly provides this, but in addition has a unique Med-Peds identity. On my interview day, what stood out the most were the people. The residents are such a tight-knit group of smart, caring people and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of! Additionally, I got a feel for the strong sense of community throughout UNC Hospitals. From doctors to nurses to ancillary staff, there is a collaborative environment here that encourages patient-centered practice at the highest level.”

-Torie Bender, PGY-2