Empathy and expertise

UNC School of Medicine

For 140 years, the UNC School of Medicine has been dedicated to improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians by providing leadership and excellence in patient care, education and research.

In addition to clinical instruction that prepares the next generation of doctors, the school's research endeavors span the most foundational scientific investigations of human biology to innovative clinical trials taking place at the UNC Medical Center.

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As Carolina celebrates its 225th anniversary this year, we’ll spotlight the ways the University is preparing our students to thrive in a dynamic society and how it is opening the doors for great minds to make transformative discoveries. Throughout the year, we’ll profile academic units, hear from deans and learn about programs that set Carolina apart from other universities.

225 Years.

Our diverse and collaborative environment will allow us to meet the biomedical and health challenges with the same spirit of service and innovation, empathy and expertise that founded our School of Medicine and this great University.

Dr. A. Wesley Burks, dean, CEO of UNC Health Care and vice chancellor for medical affairs

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By the numbers

School of Medicine

  • 1,637full-time faculty
  • 7,500+living alumni
  • No. 1ranking in Primary Care by U.S. News & World Report
  • 833medical students
  • $447.9 millionin research funding
  • 2Nobel laureates
  • 21National Academy of Medicine faculty inductees

Improving health

  • Where she needed to be

    Dr. Elizabeth Stringer, an associate professor in the UNC School of Medicine, has dedicated her career to improving the health and well-being of women around the world.

  • White Coats Black Doctors

    A student group founded by medical students, White Coats Black Doctors is working to increase diversity in the medical profession by supporting the development of future black physicians.

  • SHAC celebrates half century of service

    Generations of students have made volunteering at the Student Health Action Coalition a UNC School of Medicine rite of passage.

  • Scientists Take a Big Step toward Building a Better Opioid

    UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Dr. Bryan Roth discovered how to activate only one kind of brain receptor vital for pain relief. This receptor is not involved in addiction or respiratory depression that leads to death – the most severe side effects of opioid use.