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Carolinas HealthCare System Chief Academic Officer Named Associate Dean

CHARLOTTE, N.C., August 13, 2014
– Reflecting the academic collaboration between the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and Carolinas HealthCare System, the university has appointed the System’s chief academic officer, Mary Nolan Hall, MD, FAAFP, as the associate dean for the UNC School of Medicine regional campus in Charlotte.

Dr. Mary Hall
Dr. Mary Hall

For more than 40 years, Carolinas HealthCare System has provided clinical education in a variety of specialties to UNC School of Medicine students. In 2010, the institutions partnered to create a regional campus, UNC School of Medicine Charlotte Campus, on the grounds of Carolinas Medical Center. The Charlotte Campus each year hosts the equivalent of 50 full-time medical students who complete rotations across System facilities.

“This appointment reflects the commitment of two leading organizations to deliver nationally recognized academic and professional growth opportunities for medical students,” Dr. Hall said. “Carolinas HealthCare System’s diverse care locations allow students to learn and practice in rural and urban areas, alongside our award-winning providers and faculty.”

As associate dean of the Charlotte Campus, Dr. Hall works with Patricia White, MD, assistant dean of the Charlotte campus, to supervise student affairs and curriculum development, and personnel and processes for medical student recruitment and admissions. As chief academic officer for Carolinas HealthCare System, she oversees System academic programs, including undergraduate and graduate medical education, nursing and allied health programs, continuing medical education and advanced clinical practitioner fellowships.

“We value our partnership with Carolinas HealthCare System,” said William L. Roper, MD, MPH, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and vice chancellor for medical affairs at UNC-Chapel Hill.  “Its educational tradition, infrastructure and clinical enterprise make it an exceptional place to train our medical students.”

Students spend their third year learning seven medical specialties at Carolinas HealthCare System, which offers a diverse patient population, Level 1 trauma center and dually-accredited simulation center. The Charlotte Campus is the only UNC School of Medicine location that currently offers both a traditional and a longitudinal integrated curriculum.  The Charlotte longitudinal integrated curriculum (CLIC) was developed by faculty over two years and was implemented in 2013 to give students a more well-rounded clinical experience. By July 2016 the model will be included in the UNC School of Medicine curriculum for students state-wide. 

Through CLIC, students learn multiple specialties at the same time in different care settings, mostly doctors’ offices. This allows them to work with the same providers and some of the same patients throughout the year. The curriculum also requires students to take courses in ethics and to engage in the patient experience by shadowing patients in care areas like the emergency department and following them in their healing journey throughout the hospital. 

“The partnership with UNC-Chapel Hill allows us to teach and develop innovative programs that enhance students’ experiences and supports our vision of preparing physicians with expertise in clinical and humanistic care,” Dr. White said. “Our evidence-based initiatives and resources allow students to work as part of a team, gaining well-rounded, patient-centered experiences they can use as the foundation for their medical careers.”

Carolinas HealthCare System this year partnered with UNC School of Medicine to create a longitudinal program, Sarah Graham Kenan Urban Underserved Medical Scholars, for students interested in practicing urban medicine. Three first-year students spent their summer months learning from System providers in primary care, general surgery or psychiatry in underserved urban areas in the Charlotte region. They will return to the UNC School of Medicine Charlotte Campus as third- and fourth-year students to finish their medical education. Scholars who choose careers in primary care, psychiatry or general surgery and work in underserved areas in North Carolina are eligible for loan forgiveness.

Charlotte’s prestigious educational programs and faculty attract hundreds of medical students from across the state and the country. In 2013-2014, the medical school at Carolinas Medical Center hosted nearly 280 students – they include full-time students from UNC School of Medicine, 120-plus rotating students from UNC-Chapel Hill and 129 visiting students. Charlotte medical school faculty has won numerous state and national awards for excellence in teaching and training, including Academy of Educators awards from the UNC School of Medicine.