Spring 2019 Outreach

May 6, 2019

Thanks to everyone who helped out with this year’s Triangle Diversity and Inclusivity in the Medical Sciences networking event held in conjunction with Duke and UNC’s Introduction to MD/PhD Training with Meredith College.  We had an introduction to MD/PhD programs, a campus tour, one-on-one CV/resume/personal statement review, and a presentation on UNC Training Initiatives in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (TIBBS).

Medicine and research meeting at UNC with students from Meredith College March 29, 2019.

American Physician Scientist Association Event

March 28, 2019

Hello everyone,

The American Physician Scientist Association in conjunction Duke and UNC Medical Scientist Training Programs are proud to bring you the Triangle Diversity and Inclusivity in the Medical Sciences networking event. With this event we hope to promote networking opportunities between undergraduate students and current trainees, provide information about our training pathway, and introduce the benefits of a career in the medical sciences.

The event will take place at Duke’s Trent-Semans Center for Health Education this Saturday, March 30, from 6-8pm.

We are passionate about what we do and would love to share this passion with all interested students. If you would like to come, have dinner, and talk about the many opportunities that a physician scientist career can offer, please RSVP at https://physicianscientists.site-ym.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1203501&group=. We look forward to meeting you!


Medicine and Research at UNC: An Introduction to MD/PhD Training

March 28, 2019

Hi everyone,

We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a group of 15 students from Meredith College (in Raleigh). The agenda for the day’s events can be found below.  Please join us between 5-6pm at 2035 Bondurant on Friday, when we will be having a social hour with the students. Food will be provided!



  • 2:00-2:50pm – Introductions
    • Welcome by Alison Regan, Assistant Director, UNC MD/PhD program
    • Introduction to MD/PhD programs, Loren Oh
    • Introduction to MED
  • 2:50-3:00pm – Break
  • 3:00-4:00pm – Campus Tour and CV/Resume/Personal Statement review; switch at 3:30pm
  • 4:00-5:00pm – Presentation by UNC Training Initiatives in Biomedical & Biological Sciences (TIBBS)
    • Dr. Rebekah Layton, TIBBS Director
    • Dr. Jessica Harrell, Director of Pre-Doctoral Student Development and Support
  • 5:00-6:00pm – Social Hour

AIMS/Carolina Genetics @ UNC Science Expo 2019

March 6, 2019

AIMS will be co-sponsoring a booth at the 2019 UNC Science Expo with the Carolina Genetics interest group (co-led by our very own Yasemin Cole).


When: Saturday, April 6th from 11am-4pm

What: Outreach activities with kids and North Carolinians!

How can I help?!

I realize this is the same weekend as the AAWSM regional symposium, but if you aren’t able to go we’d love your help volunteering at this event!

Sign-up in hour-long shifts herehttps://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044BAFA82DA1F58-uncscience


More details:

AIMS will be educating booth visitors about diverse scientists and their accomplishments through a matching card game (look for an event coming soon to help craft these cards!).


Carolina Genetics will be organizing some hands-on DNA activities:

AIMS Mentor Social

March 5, 2019

Good afternoon everyone!


Next month we will be having our Spring Mentor Social on Thursday, April 25th. It will be a good chance to come and chat with the AIMS faculty mentors about their research, their careers, and ask any questions you might have! These mentors have volunteered their time and are excited to speak with you guys! Please see below for details. There will be food – Potluck sign-up link below!


UNC AIMS Spring Mentor Social 2019

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm


Mentors who will be attending:

Dr. Toni Darville (MD – Pediatrics, ID)

Dr. Susan Henning (PhD – GI, Cell Biology)

Dr. Ayse Belger (PhD – Psych, Imaging)

Dr. Lynn Fordham (MD – Peds Radiology)


Sign Up HERE.


Fall Social with AM-WISE and WiNS

September 4, 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first co-sponsored social event of the year! AIMS teamed up with WiNS (Women in Science) and AM-WISE (Advocates for Minorities and Women in Science and Engineering) to host a fall mixer at Top of the Hill!


When: October 3rd (Wednesday) 5:30 p.m. onwards 

Where: TOPO, Chapel Hill


There will be free appetizers for all!

Poster: Wins_FallMixer_2018_v2

Dr. Carmen Williams Event

August 20, 2018

A big thank you to Dr. Carmen Williams, MD, PhD, the Deputy Chief of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at NIEHS, who came to campus to lead small group sessions and plenary talks.

2 pm: Picking a mentor and making the most out of PhD training in 132 MacNider

3 pm: Choosing a residency/post-doc and setting up your lab in 132 MacNider

4 pm: Plenary talk in Bondurant G030

AIMS Carmen Williams 082218

CV and Biosketch Workshop

August 7, 2018

A big thanks to our speakers, Dr. Laura Young and Dr. Susan Henning, for helping us with our CV and biosketch workshop on 8/6/18!  We had a great turnout, and we will send followup information about CV templates from UNC TIBBS.


Panel Discussion about MD/PhD Programs

May 22, 2018

Thank you to all of our students who participated in our panel discussion for undergraduates about MD/PhD programs are, the application process, and the types of research and clinical experiences our students have had prior to applying to these programs.

Microaggressions and Harassment Panel

March 1, 2018

A big thank you to our fantastic panelists and everyone who attended our Microaggressions and Harassment Workshop!  We were joined by Associate Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Dent, Chair of Surgery Dr. Kibbe, Assistant Professor of Pathology Dr. Qian, and Women’s Center Program Coordinator Shelley Gist.

We discussed stock phrases when encountering microaggressions, such as asking, “Did I hear you correctly?” or simply saying, “I understand this is probably not what you intended, but this is not appropriate for the workplace.”  We discussed gently correcting patients and more firmly correcting colleagues about using correct professional titles.  Because it is often most effective when someone else intervenes to correct behavior, we should be aware of when we see others experiencing microaggressions and step in if possible.  In general, women tend to undervalue themselves and ask for more work and less pay than men, so it is important to research salaries before going into a negotiation.  Dr. Kibbe recommended Linda Babcock’s Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation–and Positive Strategies for Change.  Finally, we discussed the importance of identifying mentors we can trust to go to with issues related to bias.  Allie Shad is a psychiatric social worker and wellness coach for both the medical school and graduate school.

Microaggressions and Harassment Panel, Spring 2018