About the School of Medicine

WeWilliam L. Roper, MD, MPHlcome to the website for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. We hope you will find the site informative and easy to use. Take a few moments to learn about our Mission and History. Explore our campus and learn more About UNC Chapel Hill. Biographical information for our School Leaders and other administrative details can be found in the Administration area.

To be the Nation’s leading public school of medicine is not just a lofty statement. It is a very real promise to our students and the people of North Carolina.

I would like to applaud our students for an extraordinary showing on the national USMLE Step 1 board exam.  In 2012, we had a 98 percent pass rate, while the national pass rate for first-time takers was 95 percent.  Our mean total score was 232 and the national mean total score was 227.  On Step 2 Clinical Knowledge, 98 percent of our students passed, equaling the national rate, but the mean score for our students was 244, while the national mean was 237.

We are extremely proud of both the laudable teaching effort that our professors make in our clinics and lecture halls, as well as the hard work our students put in to their academic study and clinical skills each and every day.

As teachers and clinicians, our faculty and staff are clearly preparing our students for a lifetime of achievement. I want to thank them for their knowledge and for providing our students with the tools they need to succeed and become excellent doctors.

I commend our faculty and staff for exemplifying our Vision and Values – making them a real promise and commitment to our students, our patients and our state.


William L. Roper, MD, MPH
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs
CEO, UNC Health Care System

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