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University of North Carolina School of Medicine

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Located on the Chapel Hill campus of the University of North Carolina, the School of Medicine was founded in 1879. It did not become a 4-year school until 1952. Adjacent to the School of Medicine on the university campus are: schools of Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Public Health. Clinical training is provided by several major, on-campus facilities, as well as health education centers located in community settings throughout the state.


4-year modern. The goals of the curriculum are to build problem-solving and communicative skills and to develop habits of self-assessment and continual learning that will remain with the physician throughout his/her professional life. First year: Consists of the introductory basic sciences and microbiology-virology, immunology, neurobiology, introduction to medicine, and social and cultural issues in medical practice, as well as a selective seminars program. Second year: Consists of several major courses: mechanisms of disease (includes 11 organ systems courses), pathology, pharmacology, epidemiology, psychiatry, and physical diagnosis, as well as selective seminars. Third year: Rotation through clerkship of major clinical specialties extending over 48-week period. Fourth year:A4-week acting internship and a 4-week ambulatory care selective are 2 required selectives of the senior year. In addition, there are 24 weeks divided into 6 periods of electives. Opportunities for specialized clinical activities are offered as well as opportunities for in-depth study and investigation in special areas of interest to the student.

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Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program and sponsors an 8-week Medical Education Development program for college students. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are available in a variety of disciplines including biomedical engineering, genetics, mathematics, neurobiology, and toxicology. MD-MPH programs are also offered.


The basic premedical courses plus 1 year of English are required. Recommended are courses in cell and molecular biology and biochemistry. There are a limited number of places available to nonresidents, since preference is given to residents. Selection involves choosing those with the greatest potential, who are sent supplementary applications. These are screened and appropriate candidates are invited for an interview prior to final selection. Qualities sought are maturity, leadership, motivation, integrity, and an academic record of accomplishment. Transfer and advanced standing:Avery limited number of places are available for transfer to the third year. Students in good standing at accredited U.S. medical schools are considered.


The system used is Honors/Pass/Fail. The Student Promotions Committee recommends promotion or dismissal to the dean. Teaching: The school is part of the medical center located on campus. Berryhill Basic Medical Sciences Building and preclinical Education Facilities Building provide facilities for the basic sciences. Clinical teaching takes place at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital(607beds)andAHECfacilitiesthroughoutthe state. Affiliation for teaching purposes has been established with a number of community hospitals. Other: The Medical Sciences Research Building provides facilities for research. Library: The Health Sciences Library houses more than 202,000 volumes and 4000 periodicals. Housing: Residence halls are available on campus for single as well as some married students.

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