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Letter from the UNC Office of Graduate Medical Education - October 2012

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 the University of North Carolina is remarkably diverse and, as such, diversity in our residency, fellowship, nursing, faculty and staff enables us to better serve their needs. Promoting the 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. 

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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, housestaff, and faculty in the hospital community

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

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.

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