Pediatric Primary Care Residency of UNC
The Primary Care Residency started in June 2011 and has been a huge success. Children, especially those with complex health care issues, need pediatricians who have the medical knowledge to care for their illnesses, the skills to coordinate care with subspecialists and other team members, and the savvy to connect them with resources in their communities. Primary care pediatricians, especially those taking care of underserved patients, have different residency training needs than physicians preparing to practice subspecialty medicine. Primary care providers must develop a true medical home for their patients, be able to evaluate and manage mental health and behavioral issues, and provide chronic care in a high quality, evidence-based manner. Additionally, where tertiary care pediatric programs have traditionally emphasized provision of care in resource-rich settings, underserved primary care practice requires a unique set of procedural, critical care, and stabilization skills. Our program here at UNC has long focused on providing a balanced education between community pediatrics and subspecialty training. The Primary Care Residency allows us to further focus on the unique needs of primary care pediatricians. By the end of their training, graduates of this program will be exemplary general pediatricians that are very capable of practicing in any venue in which children’s health needs are underserved.
Primary Care residents spend about 6 months each year at Cone Health System (Moses Cone Hospital, Women’s Hospital and Tim and Carolynn Rice Center for Child and Adolescent Health) in Greensboro, NC and about 6 months each year at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill. Moses Cone and the Rice Center have been integral parts of the UNC residency program for decades. They were selected as the core sites for our primary care trainees because of several unique educational factors, including a well established community teaching program, award-winning community resources, a diverse patient population, and extensive public-private partnerships that benefit the health and welfare of children. Our current residents already spend several months during their residency at each of these superb community sites and excellent faculty are in place to supervise these experiences. The residency programs are fully integrated, and all residents in the UNC Pediatric Residency Program get broad exposure to community settings as well as subspecialty and tertiary care. Every resident who trains with us will be comfortable and confident practicing in a broad range of venues.
2018-2019 Application and Interview Information
Students interested in the Primary Care Residency should apply in ERAS (NRMP Program Code 1900320M0). Primary Care interview days are the same as the main Pediatric Residency Program; the interview day doubles for both programs. Primary Care applicants will have the opportunity to meet with a Cone Health faculty member on the interview day. Applicants wishing to see Cone Health first hand may also schedule a visit on one of the following dates. These visits are optional; applicants who are unable to attend are in no way penalized.
- Oct 25th
- Nov 1st
- Nov 8th
- Nov 15th
- Nov 29th
- Dec 6th
- Dec 13th
- Jan 10th
The day will give you a chance to see the venues that our residents work in, ask questions, and meet many of the residents, faculty, and staff:
- 9:30am: Meet at Teaching Program Office
- 9:45am to 10:45am: Rounds on the Pediatric Floor & PICU and tour of Pediatric Emergency Room
- 11:00am to 11:30am: Newborn nursery at Women’s Hospital
- 11:45am to 12:15pm: Cone Health Center for Children (site of PC resident continuity clinic)
- 12:30pm to 1:30pm: Lunch with Residents
- 1:30pm: Optional tour of Greensboro
Pediatric Teaching Program Faculty
The Pediatric Teaching Program provides community-based education for Moses Cone Family Medicine residents and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) pediatric residents. We also provide a five-week pediatric clerkship experience for third-year UNC medical students and a month-long fourth-year acting internship. The program is supported by full-time UNC faculty and numerous part-time and affiliated faculty. Subspecialties include asthma/allergy, developmental pediatrics, genetics, neonatology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric neurology, pediatric psychology, pediatric surgery and pediatric ophthalmology.
Primary Care Residents
|Lade Jibowu, MD, MPH – Lade received a BA in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy from Duke University, an MPH from the University of Texas School of Public Health, and her MD from the University of School of Medicine at San Antonio. She chose UNC for residency because “I was impressed by the strong sense of camaraderie among the residents, the excellent mentorship, and the diverse clinical opportunities available for training. It was evident during my interview experience that at Carolina, I would be afforded the exposure and support needed to discover my path and flourish in my future career as a pediatrician.” Lade loves documentaries, exploring the latest afro beats music, jamming on the alto saxophone, and cheering on the Blue Devils!|
|Jessica Macdougall, MD, MS – Jessica is one of our Triple Heels – undergraduate (Psychology), medical school and now residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! She also spent a year at Georgetown University, earning an MS in Physiology. She chose to remain at UNC because of the Primary Care Residency: “I knew that this residency would provide everything I needed to become a good general pediatrician while being surrounded by the most supportive colleagues.” Jessica and her husband first met on Franklin Street after the UNC National Championship win in 2009. They have a German Shepherd mix named Isabelle. She enjoys running or hiking at the Eno. Thanks to her grandmother, she is obsessed with scrapbooking and saves every birthday card she’s ever received. GO TAR HEELS!|
|Zach Pettigrew, MD – Zach went to Emory University, earning a degree in Anthropology and Human Biology. Before attending Baylor College of Medicine, he worked at a refugee resettlement agency. Zach chose to join the UNC Primary Care Residency because at both UNC and Cone Health, he “found a group of people who shared a similar passion to take care of children and adolescents from all backgrounds—be they native North Carolinians or recently relocated refugees—while challenging themselves to become expert clinicians and strong community leaders. By the end of my two interview days at UNC and Cone, I had found a program at which I could not only ‘fit in’, but also one in which I could thrive and successfully reach my career goal of becoming a primary care pediatrician.” He enjoys traveling, exploring outdoors, cooking, and playing volleyball. Zach is a big foodie and love trying out new cuisines and restaurants!!|
|Nikki Pritt, MD – Nikki received a BA in Neurobiology from Harvard University and her MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Prior to medical school, she worked with homeless children as an AmeriCorps member at the YWCA Family Center in Columbus, OH, while also doing research in the adolescent medicine department at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She chose to come to UNC because of “the diverse clinical experiences, focus on teaching, dedication to primary care, ideal location, great vibes, and wonderful, friendly people.” During college, Nikki was a member of a breakdance/hip hop crew. She still enjoys dancing in addition to painting, practicing yoga, running, spending time with family, gardening, baking, and going on outdoor adventures. Nikki is a huge Harry Potter fan and taught her dog Harry Potter tricks.|
|Paige Dudley, MD, MS – Paige received a degree in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University and a master’s in Exercise Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her medical school training at East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine. Paige chose to come to UNC for the Primary Care Residency – it “is the perfect combination of a major medical center with a smaller community hospital to give me the most well-rounded training I could find.” Prior to joining our program, Paige served as an Active Duty Navy flight surgeon for a Marine helicopter squadron for four years. She currently serves in the Navy Reserves.|
|Caroline Newman, MD – Caroline, a native of Greensboro, completed her medical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She chose to remain at UNC for residency because “I loved the welcoming, collegial atmosphere among residents and attendings. I knew that the Primary Care Residency would prepare me well to be a general pediatrician.” Caroline was a varsity tennis player at the College of Charleston but now showcases her athletic ability by running to the nearest dessert. She loves going on long runs, playing soccer, or hanging by the pool – of course, any of these activities are made way better by getting to do them with her wonderful family and friends. She also has an addiction to crushed ice and Diet Dr. Pepper.|
|Sarah Rice, MD – Sarah earned a BA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame and her MD from Emory University School of Medicine. She chose UNC Pediatrics because “UNC had everything I was looking for in a residency program–a warm and welcoming community, an excellent balance of primary and subspecialty care. And it is in an unbeatable area!” In her spare time, Sarah enjoys running, hiking, cooking, reading and playing with her dog!|
|Anne Steptoe, MD, MBA – Anne received her BA from Harvard University (Classics and English), her MBA from Duke University (Health Sector Management), and her MD from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She chose UNC because “I wanted a residency program with a dedicated primary care track that took seriously the idea that future primary care pediatricians should learn a different set of skills and do so in a community setting.” Anne is a former competitive whitewater kayaker, a crockpot aficionado and a rare book collector.|
|Amber Beg, MD – Though Amber was born and raised in Crimson Tide country, she is a Tar Heel, graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Biology. She earned her MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Amber chose to return “home” for residency training because she was happy to see that the culture of public service that she loved so much as an undergrad is very much a part of the pediatric residency program. Amber enjoys hiking, reading, traveling to new places and meeting new people and Carolina Basketball – GO HEELS!|
|Endya Frye, MD – Endya is happy to call NC home! She graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (Aggie Pride!) with a degree in Biology and received her MD from The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Endya knew after attending Carolina’s First Look she felt destined to be at UNC and was only confirmed on interview day by the warm family atmosphere. She ultimately chose to come to UNC for three reasons: it was THE program where she felt at home, the commitment to diversity, and opportunity for training in the Primary Care Program to pursue her dream of becoming a primary care doc. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, traveling, watching movies and trying out new restaurants…a foodie in the making!|
|Reshma Reddy, MD, MS – Reshma grew up near Atlanta, GA. She received her MS in Biomedical Sciences from George Mason University and attended the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University for medical school. Reshma went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergrad and could not wait to come back for residency! She appreciated the supportive atmosphere and was also very excited about the diverse training opportunities offered by the Primary Care Residency. Reshma enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, eating donuts, anything Lord of the Rings, and of course, Carolina basketball – GO HEELS!|
|Tarshree Sawyer, MD, MPH, MS – Tarshree majored in Biology at Bowling Green State University and received her MPH and MD from the University of Toledo College of Medicine. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places, shopping, the occasional Netflix binge, and dancing. Tarshree attended Carolina’s First Look during medical school and fell in love with the program. She was amazed by the friendly atmosphere, amount of diversity, and the focus on primary care. As a native of Cleveland, OH, she endured many winters – NC’s warmer climate was also a draw.|
Primary Care Graduates
Elyse Barnett, MD – 2018 Graduate
Duke Children’s Primary Care; Durham, NC
Elyse graduated from Duke University with a degree in Evolutionary Anthropology. She attended medical school at Wake Forest University. Elyse chose UNC because she immediately knew that she was surrounded by kind, thoughtful, intelligent people in a supportive environment that would enable her to grow into the best doctor she can possibly be. She enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, running, getting lost in a good book and her Blue Devils!
Paige Darnell, MD – 2018 Graduate
Mulberry Pediatrics/Caldwell UNC Health Care; Lenoir, NC
Paige attended the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for undergraduate school and Indiana University for medical school. Despite living in Indiana her entire life, Paige was raised a Tar Heel – when it came time to apply for a residency, looking into UNC was a no-brainer…she loved the opportunities provided in the Primary Care Residency, the global health experiences, and of course, the people are great, too! Paige enjoys mission work and has spent some time living in both Bolivia and Mexico.
Akilah Grimes, MD – 2018 Graduate
Suburban Pediatrics/Atrium Health; Davidson, NC
Akilah went to Hampton University for undergraduate school and received her MD from East Carolina University. She enjoys exercise classes, especially Zumba and kickboxing; loves to travel and experience different cultures – her goal is to visit every continent (except Antarctica – it’s too cold there!). Akilah chose to come to UNC because of the Primary Care Residency, and she also knew she would be a well trained resident upon graduation. Plus, she loves calling North Carolina home!
Alese Hunt, MD – 2018 Graduate
Lumberton Children’s Clinic; Lumberton, NC
Alese went to Yale University where she majored in English and attended medical school at Wake Forest University. She enjoys singing along to the oldies, baking, reading novels and short stories, and is a proud member of the Lumbee tribe. Alese is in our Primary Care Residency – after residency, she is committed to returning home to Robeson County, North Carolina to practice general pediatrics.
Katie Jordan, MD – 2017 Graduate
General Pediatrics Faculty, Cone Health & University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
2017-2018 Co-Chief Resident
Katie graduated from Williams College with a degree in Psychology. She received her medical education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Choosing to remain at UNC for residency was an easy choice for Katie – “I knew that I loved the people here – residents, fellows and attendings are all so nice…I also knew that I would learn so much”. She enjoys playing soccer, hiking (especially in the mountains), reading novels and learning how to cook.
Cameron Lang, MD – 2017 Graduate
Blackstone Valley Community Health Center; Pawtucket, RI
Cameron graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Psychology and went to medical school at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She chose to come to UNC because of the people and the primary care training. Cameron loves to play Ultimate Frisbee, enjoys traveling and is a huge Boston Celtics fan. She prides herself on her cookie baking abilities – her cookies have been described as “amazing” and “maybe the best ever”.
Brian Pitts, MD – 2017 Graduate
Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, University of Colorado; Denver, CO
Brian received a BA in History and Mathematics from the University of Kansas. Before going to medical school at Virginia Tech Carilion, Brian taught middle school math to 7th and 8th graders (he was also the boys basketball coach). He enjoys downhill skiing, hiking, international travel, board games and reading. Brian isn’t ashamed to admit that the first concert he went to was Boyz II Men.
Leigh-Anne Cioffredi, MD, MPH – 2016 Graduate
Academic Pediatric Hospitalist, University of Vermont; Burlington, VT
Leigh-Anne received a BA in Mathematics from Wheaton College, where she also played varsity field hockey all four years. She has an MPH from Tufts University, and earned her MD from Georgetown University. Leigh-Anne has gone on multiple mission trips to Africa – her work there included building homes for widows and orphans, and teaching math to 10th and 11th graders. She also spent two years at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigating the effects of targeted therapies on lung cancer. Leigh-Anne enjoys cooking, outdoor activities, and traveling
Emily Hodnett, MD – 2016 Graduate
Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Chippenham Hospital; Richmond, VA
Emily attended James Madison University and received a BS in Health Science. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She chose to come to UNC because of the great residents, attendings, and city – Chapel Hill has lots to do plus it’s close to the beach, mountains, and larger cities. Emily is a big foodie, and if she wasn’t a pediatrician, she would open her own bakery.
Ashley Mabina, MD – 2016 Graduate
General Pediatrics Faculty, Mercer University; Savannah, GA
Ashley received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her MD from East Carolina University. On her interview day, she got the sense that UNC had a wonderful reputation for providing the highest quality of care and did so with sincere humility. During medical school she served as a mentor for young girls and co-founded a grant-funded youth empowerment program. She enjoys singing, swimming, medical missions, and spending time with her niece and nephews.
Sarah Stephens, MD – 2016 Graduate
Piedmont Health Services; Burlington, NC
Sarah earned a BA in Political Science from Duke University and her MD from Tulane University. Between undergrad and medical school, Sarah spent two years working as a study coordinator at Children’s National Medical Center. Her work focused on clinical trials for children with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and also epilepsy research studies. While at Tulane, she spent a summer in Ecuador providing health care to a rural indigenous community. Sarah enjoys cooking, traveling, and salsa dancing.
Christy Ashburn, MD – 2015 Graduate
Mid Atlantic Permanente Medical Group; Reston, VA
Christy is a graduate of the University of Richmond (BS Biology) and Tulane University School of Medicine. At Richmond, Christy was a varsity cheerleader – Go Spiders! Her hobbies and interests include oil painting (especially landscapes), crafting, photography, cooking, Civil War era history, and gymnastics. If Christy could be any animal, she would be a migratory water fowl.
Matt Baldwin, MD – 2015 Graduate
Blue Ridge Pediatrics; Raleigh, NC
Matt earned a BS in Biology from Duke University and attended Texas Tech University for medical school. He chose UNC Pediatrics because of the balanced experience between both tertiary care treatment centers and community hospitals. His favorite thing about being a resident at UNC is the people! Matt has a players contract with the Denver Broncos, collects old records, and enjoys jogging on nature trails.
Jalan Burton, MD, MPH – 2015 Graduate
Clinical Associate, Children’s National Health Systems; Washington, DC
Jalan graduated from the University of Virginia, majoring in Interdisciplinary Human Biology. She earned an MPH at Columbia University and her MD from The George Washington University with a focus on underserved communities. She chose UNC because of the friendly spirit of the program, the outstanding faculty, and the up-beat, state-of-the-art facilities. When she is not at work, you can find her at the playground with her husband and their energetic 3 year old son.
Whitney Haddix, MD – 2015 Graduate
General Pediatrics Faculty, Cone Health; Greensboro, NC
2015-2016 Co-Chief Resident
Whitney graduated from the University of Virginia, earning a BA in Biology. For medical school, she attended Temple University. In her former life, Whitney spent a year working as an ophthalmic technician. She enjoys cooking, reading, trying new restaurants and sampling different cuisines, running, traveling, and dancing – she has worked as a choreographer for a dance troupe.
Kate Ettefagh, MD – 2014 Graduate
Cone Health Center for Children; Greensboro, NC
Kate was a double major at the University of North Carolina, receiving degrees in Chemistry and International Studies. She also received her MD from UNC. If you ever plan to go kayaking in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest or Anan Bear Observatory, take Kate with you – she worked as a guide and is able to prepare espresso drinks while on the water. Kate enjoys competing in triathlons, cooking, hiking and trail running.
Ramon Kinloch, MD – 2014 Graduate
Children’s Medical Center of Dallas; Dallas, TX
Ramon graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science. He went to medical school at Howard University. Ramon spent a summer with Pfizer researching the efficacy of donepezil on Alzheimer’s Disease. Ramon is a dancer at heart – he enjoys choreographing routines. He loves music and has worked as a disc jockey. His other interests include cooking, poetry, participating in intramural sports, skiing, and traveling.
Amanda Rose, MD – 2014 Graduate
Thomasville Pediatrics; Thomasville, NC
Amanda earned a BS in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida. She received her MD from Florida State University. At FSU, Amanda worked to improve the overall curriculum – she was a research assistant with the Medical Education Office and collected data on topics covered in educational activities to be used by the Curriculum Committee to make improvements. She has always loved to read for entertainment as well as learning, enjoys swimming and photography. Amanda makes awesome chocolate coconut macaroons.
Becky Simpkin, MD – 2014 Graduation
Sandhills Pediatrics; Southern Pines, NC
Becky is a Bucky Badger by training, attending the University of Wisconsin for both undergraduate and medical school – she majored in Women’s Studies. As a resident in the Primary Care Track, Becky’s favorite thing about residency is taking care of her continuity patients. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, reading, and gardening. Becky is also the primary caregiver to Howard, her pet rabbit.