March 28, 2018
When Michael Bucy ’01 founded UNC Dance Marathon in 1999 as a student, he hoped to alleviate some of the burdens for patients and families of UNC Children’s Hospital. “Having a sick kid is a...Read More
Nov. 22, 2017
Spencer Cooke had seen a Carolina class ring many times before getting his own. He said the pharmacist in his hometown of Kenansville, Amos Q. “Doc” Brinson Jr. ’73, “wears his most of the time....Read More
The University’s new physician assistant program got underway this semester with an entering class of 20 — nine of them military veterans.
The program was started in response to two needs: a persistent shortage of medical professionals in certain parts of North Carolina, and what the program calls an “untapped talent pool” of veterans who have some medical training.
Planning began in 2009 with an agreement signed by UNC and the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, and initial funding came from a $1.2 million commitment from Blue Cross and Blue Shield; the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust added $1 million last year.
Where veterans are concerned, the program is designed to build on the medical experience and training that Special Forces medical sergeants receive during their service and provide opportunities for veterans who want to transfer their skills into the health care system.