UNC Residents come from all over the United States and across the world.

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Diversity is very important to the UNC Department of Surgery and the School of Medicine. Here is a statement from the UNC Resident Diversity Initiative:

We believe that the richness of a diverse workplace drives all to their very best, professionally and personally. Cultural competence is not only about relating to patients and their families; it is about working in a culturally rich environment. The patient population we serve at UNC Hospitals is remarkably diverse and, as such, diversity in our residency, fellowship, nursing, faculty and staff enables us to better serve their needs. Promoting diversity in our residency programs is the right thing for our institution, and enables us to provide the very best in clinical care, education and research to the remarkable patients that we serve.

Resident stats

  • Male to Female: 50/50
  • Married vs. Single: 1/3 vs. 2/3
  • 73% of resident graduates go directly into Fellowship, while 27% enter practice

Board Pass Rates

Five-year first time pass rate for Qualifying Exam: 97%

National average: 86%

Five-year first time pass rate for Certifying Exam: 93%

82% for all takers

Overall first time QE/CE pass rate: 90%*

73% for all takers

RRC minimum pass rate for QE/CE: 60%

*Top 20 nationally

data via Program Summary of Performance on ABS Exams: 2009-2014

Specialties Pursued

Graduation Year CT CR Crit Care Peds Surg Onc/HPB Vasc Plast Other (endocrine, transplant) Gen Surg
2015 1 2 2 2
2014 2 2 1
2013 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2012 1 1 2
2011 1 1 1 1 1 1
2010 2 2 1 1
2009 1 1 1 2 2