Resident Diversity Initiative

Letter from the UNC Office of Graduate Medical Education

We believe that the richness of a diverse workplace drives all to their very best, professionally and personally. Cultural competence is not only about relating to patients and their families; it is about working in a culturally rich environment. The patient population we serve at UNC Hospitals is remarkably diverse and, as such, diversity in our residency, fellowship, nursing, faculty and staff enables us to better serve their needs. Promoting diversity in our residency programs is the right thing for our institution, and enables us to provide the very best in clinical care, education and research to the remarkable patients that we serve.

Contact the Resident Diversity Initiative to find out more.


The UNC Health Care Resident Diversity Initiative is composed of residents, fellows and attending physicians who are committed to maintaining and expanding the diversity of UNC Hospitals’ residency and fellowship programs as well as its faculty. Our mission is to promote minority representation in the hospital’s various training programs and to support a culture that cherishes and values diversity in the hospital community by:

1) Helping to recruit the most qualified medical students from under-represented minority groups to our residency programs

2) Strengthening the ties between under-represented medical students, house staff and faculty in the hospital community

3) Promoting retention of qualified, under-represented medical students, residents, fellows and faculty

4) Strengthening the hospital's ties with the under-represented communities of Chapel Hill and across the state of North Carolina through active participation in the recruitment process and provision of a supportive and nurturing environment. Once recruited, we are dedicated to ensuring that the medical staff of UNC Hospitals is reflective of the community that it serves

The Resident Diversity Initiative is a key component of the UNC SOM Faculty Pipeline Initiatives, programs aimed at increasing the number of qualified candidates from under-represented minority populations that serve in faculty leadership positions at UNC. 

Potential Residents

Interested in contacting a current resident in a particular program? Please review the list of GME Programs and contact the program coordinator to find out more information or to put you in touch with a current resident who can speak about diversity within the program. Contact us to ask any other specific questions.

Upcoming Events

2017 Carolina First Look

  • August 25-26, 2017


We will be attending the following conferences for the remainder of 2017. Please see the links below for more information about these conferences and contact us if you would be interested in joining us to recruit at one of these events:

Larry D. Keith Visiting Student Clerkship

The Larry D. Keith Visiting Student Electives Scholarship is a funding opportunity sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine Faculty Pipeline Initiatives and specifically targets underrepresented medical students and those committed to serving in underserved communities.

Diversity of NC Health Care Workforce

The UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research has released a report from the North Carolina Health Profession Data Systems titled "Running the Numbers: A Periodic Feature to Inform North Carolina Health Care Professionals About Current Topics in Health Statistics". The report details the most current racial representation of health professions in comparison to the North Carolina population.

Contact Us

Office of Graduate Medical Education
UNC Hospitals
101 Manning Drive, Room 1017
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are located in the West Wing of the main Hospitals complex, room 1017 near the Hospital Mailroom.

Phone: 984-974-1072