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The School of Medicine’s commitment to service expands well beyond Chapel Hill. Building on our strengths in service to the State and Globe the School of Medicine has identified the following strategic priorities:

Service to the State and Globe Strategic Priorities

    • Engage across the state to produce the workforce needed in North Carolina and beyond. The School of Medicine works collaboratively with NC AHEC (NC Area Health Education Centers) across the state to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education and enrollment in health-related educational programs across the state.
    • Focus service to rural North Carolina

  • Translate research into professional, commercial, and societal uses for the citizens of North Carolina
  • Strengthen our global citizenship by thoughtfully expanding our clinical, research, and educational outreach. The School of Medicine has had an extensive record of accomplishment in global health, with a broad international portfolio in clinical medicine, research, and education. This work is coordinated by the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases (IGHID), which was created in 2007 to galvanize global activities in the School of Medicine and across campus and the Office of International Activities (OIA), established in 2008. Much of the School of Medicine’s global portfolio is concentrated in “flagship” sites—including Malawi, Zambia, China, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Vietnam. global health, Forward Together will enhance internal and external awareness of existing clinical, research and educational opportunities around the world, foster increased global education across the School of Medicine, and strengthen strategic partnerships in support of our commitment to global health.

Year 3 – Key Accomplishments*

Engage across the state to produce the workforce needed in North Carolina and Beyond

  • The UNC SOM Charlotte Campus grand opening was held on July 22, 2022. UNC Medical students began Application Phase clinical rotations in Charlotte in February 2022.

Focus service to rural North Carolina

  • UNC Rural Medicine Summer Academy, a program partnership between the UNC School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine and the Office of Rural Initiatives, is an initiative to bring rising seniors and recently graduated high school students to Chapel Hill for a 4-day experience where they will be introduced to careers in medicine. Summer 2022 sessions were scheduled for June 19 – June 23rd and July 24 – July 28th.

Translate research into professional, commercial, and societal uses for the citizens of North Carolina

  • Biomedical Engineering startup company SonoVol was acquired by Perkin Elmer in February 2022. SonoVol was founded by Biomedical Engineering department chair Dr. Paul Dayton and his graduate student Ryan Gessner. The company specializes in high-performance ultrasound and multi-modality imaging systems for the life science tools market. The SonoVol patent was issued on April 19, 2022.
  • 53% of patents issued to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (July 2021 – July 2022) are held by School of Medicine affiliated faculty members.

Strengthen our global citizenship by thoughtfully expanding our clinical, research, and educational outreach

  • Cohort 3 (2021) of the Global Health Scholarly Concentration includes the following medical students:
    • Chrisitna Ornates, Class of 2024
    • Julia Kuno, Class of 2024
    • Katherine Marapese, Class of 2024
    • Parker Savage, Class of 2024
    • Stephanie Peres-de-Silva, Class of 2024
  • The Office of Global Health Education continues the Global Health Forum, a monthly speaker series on global health topics as a way to focus UNC resident, faculty, and student involvement and expertise in global health initiatives and scholarly work.

*Year 3 through June 2022

Tracking Implementation Progress – Year 4, Q1

Priority Status
4A. Engage across the state to produce the workforce needed in North Carolina and beyond On Track
4B. Focus service to rural North Carolina On Track
4C. Translate research into professional, commercial and societal uses for the citizens of North Carolina On Track
4D. Strengthen our global citizenship by thoughtfully expanding our clinical, research, and educational outreach On Track

Highlights

New Addiction Medicine Fellows Office of Global Health Education: Scholarly Concentration Student, Erin Xu coauthors paper with Dr. Ross Boyce Office of Rural Initiatives: Fall In Love With primary care in NC: Telehealth Grants Help Greensboro AHEC Area Practices Increase Access to High-Risk Patients During Pandemic UNC and Duke Team Up To Launch Entrepreneurial Start Up

Imperative Administration

The four imperatives under Service to the State and the World guide us to better serve our state, nation, and globe and builds upon successful programs and an extensive record of accomplishment in global health, health professions workforce development, service to rural North Carolina, and research translation.