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The General Surgery Residency program is committed to creating an environment that fosters diversity and inclusiveness of all individuals, regardless of gender, race or lifestyle.  We aspire to attract a group of trainees that reflect the diverse nature of the state of North Carolina and to support those trainees once they are in our program to achieve their maximum potential and accomplish their career goals.  We are engaged with the Department of Surgery diversity initiatives and work with the Diversity Committee to continually assess our efforts and work to improve.  Among the ways we are recruiting and supporting a diverse population of residents are:

  • Holistic review of all applications in an effort to de-emphasize standardized test scores such as USMLE beginning in 2015
  • Integration of program efforts with the Department of Surgery Diversity Committee
  • Subcommittee of Department Diversity Committee reviewing applications of all applicants who self-identify as underrepresented in medicine
  • Program participation in the UNC School of Medicine Carolina First Look and Second Look initiatives through the Office of Inclusive Excellence
  • Faculty – Resident mentorship program with specific goals to support individual growth and to focus on wellness
  • De-emphasis of standardized exams (including ABSITE) by the residency program

Please contact us if you have specific questions. We would be happy to be in touch with you, answer any questions you might have or put you in contact with specific faculty who may be able to offer additional insights. Read more about  the Department of Surgery’s DEI commitment here.

Dr. Arielle Perez
Mike Meyers, Program Director
Arielle Perez, Associate Program Director