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UNC School of Medicine researchers receive $9.96 million U.S. DoD grant

UNC School of Medicine researchers receive $9.96 million U.S. DoD grant

The US Department of Defense tabbed UNC Marsico Lung Institute researchers led by Richard Boucher, MD, and Ilona Jaspers, PhD, to study the adverse effects of inhaling toxic fumes from burn pits in the field.

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Bronze Stars, White Coat

Bronze Stars, White Coat

As a student in the UNC School of Medicine's Physician Assistant Program, two-time Bronze Star Award recipient Curtis Carr is building on the medical skills he acquired as a Green Beret medic serving in Afghanistan. He looks forward to applying these skills in the civilian world next year.

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Humbling and Rewarding

Humbling and Rewarding

Brian Nelson’s volunteer service with the American Red Cross took him to Houston, Texas, earlier this year to combat floods. This fall he didn’t have to travel far to help individuals and families struggling through Hurricane Matthew.

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Marine Corps veteran and Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy student on the cusp of realizing her dream

Marine Corps veteran and Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy student on the cusp of realizing her dream

Marine Corps veteran and occupational therapy master's student Oyoana Allende has one month left in her clinical placement before achieving her dream of becoming an occupational therapist--a profession she credits with helping with her own rehabilitation after an injury in Iraq.

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The Quiet Professional

The Quiet Professional

Retired Green Beret medic Todd Williams earned three Bronze Stars and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, among other service recognitions, during his distinguished 28-year military career. Today, he helps lead nontraditional students, including military veterans with medical experience, on a path toward becoming physician assistants through the UNC School of Medicine’s recently launched Physician Assistant Program.

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Luckiest Man Alive

Luckiest Man Alive

As an emergency room physician in one of New Orleans’s busiest hospitals, UNC School of Medicine graduate Richard Vinroot Jr. sometimes needs downtime. His idea of taking a break? Practicing humanitarian, disaster, and military medicine around the globe.

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Mann receives Patriot Award

Mann receives Patriot Award

Jami Mann, PharmD, MBA, MS, BCPS, Clinical Manager of the Central Inpatient Pharmacy, was presented with the Patriot Award on behalf of the United States Office of the Secretary of Defense. The recommendation was made by Kathy Estrada, a Central Inpatient Pharmacy Technician, currently serving on active duty.

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'Why I Do So Much'

'Why I Do So Much'

Medical student Amalia Lee learned about being a caregiver from her mom, Naomi, a pediatric nurse practitioner at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and a Lt. Col. (ret.) in the Air Force Reserves. Following her mom's path, Amalia, who serves in the North Carolina Army National Guard, looks forward to caring for children one day.

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White Coat Ceremony for inaugural class of PA program students

White Coat Ceremony for inaugural class of PA program students

On Thursday evening, Jan. 21, the inaugural class of 20 UNC Physician Assistant Program students received their white coats at the Carolina Club's Alumni Hall.

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Nontraditional Path

Nontraditional Path

As a nun, Mary Beth McGranaghan learned to go where her skills were most needed. As a faculty member in the UNC Physician Assistant Program, she hopes to teach this lesson to her students.

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Physician Assistant Program featured on Charlotte's WFAE

Physician Assistant Program featured on Charlotte's WFAE

Last week, WFAE in Charlotte produced a piece on the new UNC Physician Assistant (PA) Program, which welcomes its inaugural class for orientation this week. The piece features program director Dr. Paul Chelminski and PA student -- and military veteran who provided medical support during two combat deployments in Iraq -- Dave Manning.

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Green Beret, White Coat

Green Beret, White Coat

Whether donning a green hat or a white coat, Karl Holt has lived with a service mindset. As a Green Beret medic, he saved the lives of others during a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2009. He nearly lost his life that night, and spent years recovering from his injuries, both physical and psychological. Today, he is on his way to becoming a physician, and hopes that his experiences will help other veterans as they transition into civilian life.

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An Oath to Military Medicine

An Oath to Military Medicine

Matthew Braswell leads the Military Medical Interest Group, a UNC School of Medicine student organization with the goal of helping families at UNC Hospitals and broadening the medical experience of medical students.

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Medical operations at Operation Toy Drop led by UNC's Siler

Medical operations at Operation Toy Drop led by UNC's Siler

Earlier this month, Sean Siler, DO, MBA, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, led medical operations at the annual Operation Toy Drop at Fort Bragg, an event that trains paratroopers and benefits children in need.

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A Servant's Heart: Honoring Fallen Heroes

A Servant's Heart: Honoring Fallen Heroes

Capt. Jason Jones lost his life in Afghanistan in 2014. His wife, UNC pediatrics resident Dr. Amy Jones, has since become an active member of Special Ops Survivors, a group that supports the spouses of fallen heroes. On Dec. 6, Dr. Jones and members of the Military Medicine Interest Group at UNC were honored at halftime of the UNC men's basketball game against Davidson. Watch video of the ceremony, along with a video produced by UNC athletics.

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Cairns and Baker receive Patriot Award

Cairns and Baker receive Patriot Award

Bruce Cairns, MD, director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center, and Mary Lee Baker, RN, associate director of ambulatory care, were nominated for the award by Burn Center physician assistant and U.S. Army reservist Captain Chris Trum.

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Veterans and future physician assistant students honored at Veterans Day event

Veterans and future physician assistant students honored at Veterans Day event

UNC Medical Center's annual Veterans Day event honored veterans and celebrated the new UNC Physician Assistant (PA) Program. Nine of 20 incoming PA program students are veterans, and four of those students -- veterans with more than five decades of combined experience serving their country -- were in attendance.

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Helping Veterans, Sending Care Across North Carolina

Helping Veterans, Sending Care Across North Carolina

On September 24, individuals and leaders gathered to celebrate the new UNC Physician Assistant Program, which is set to launch on January 4, 2016, with its first class of 20 students. The program will provide educational and career development opportunities for nontraditional students, including veterans with medical experience, while reducing North Carolina's health-care workforce shortage in underserved areas.

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Supported Service

Supported Service

For more than three decades, pediatric respiratory therapist Mark Hall served in the Army National Guard. He deployed all over the world and was mobilized to places on short notice. Thanks to the support he received at UNC Hospitals, his transitions were always seamless.

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Siler receives prestigious military medicine award

Siler receives prestigious military medicine award

Sean Siler, DO, MBA, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, was presented with one of the Army Medical Department’s most prestigious honors.

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Puppies: The Power of Cute for Mental Health

Puppies: The Power of Cute for Mental Health

The UNC PAWS program of the UNC Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health trains puppies for 10 weeks and then matches each puppy with a veteran suffering from PTSD.

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A Good Heart

A Good Heart

High school dropout, Green Beret medic who served three tours in Iraq, Special Forces medic instructor at Fort Bragg, lymphoma fighter who is free of cancer today, and future physician and researcher -- the remarkable path to medicine of rising third-year UNC medical student Eric Strand.

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A Mission You Can Be Proud Of

A Mission You Can Be Proud Of

Sean Montgomery, director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UNC Hospitals, believes in the organization's mission of serving patients from all walks of life. Before arriving in Chapel Hill in 2010, he strove to provide the best medical care possible to soldiers with battlefield injuries.

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Returning the Favor

Returning the Favor

Bruce Cairns credits his military experience with shaping his perspective and making him a better doctor. Today, as a way of giving back, he’s assisting Special Forces medics with educational and career-development opportunities through the Advanced Medic Instructor Training program – a program that paved the way for the UNC School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant program.

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The Gift of Transplant

The Gift of Transplant

David Gerber first witnessed the gift of transplant as a medical student. Today, as chief of abdominal transplant surgery at UNC Hospitals he performs transplant surgeries for patients and as a Lt. Col. in the Air Force Reserves serves as a valuable resource of transplant services for military families.

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In Good and Caring Hands

In Good and Caring Hands

Martin McCaffrey, MD, CAPT, USN (Ret), has taken the lessons he learned in the Navy and applied them to helping military families as they cope with the challenges of having a newborn in the Newborn Critical Care Center at UNC Hospitals.

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The Art of War

The Art of War

For much of his life, pediatric surgeon Tim Weiner had never considered serving in the military. That changed when he turned 50 and realized that his skills as a surgeon could help injured soldiers and civilians overseas.

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Ahead of the Curve: UNC Hospitals honors current and former military staff on Veterans Day

Ahead of the Curve: UNC Hospitals honors current and former military staff on Veterans Day

On Tuesday, more than 120 people gathered in the lobby of N.C. Memorial Hospital for UNC Hospitals’ annual Veterans Day observance. Attendees – clad in a mix of military uniforms, white coats and business suits – came together to recognize employees and residents who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces.

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Major Medicine

Major Medicine

When acute care surgeon Amy Alger learned about the shortage of trauma care available to injured soldiers as they left the battlefield, she felt compelled to join the army. She has since been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and the experiences have not only challenged her medical skills - they have broadened her perspectives on the military and life.

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War vet receives his hearing back

War vet receives his hearing back

Dr. Oliver Adunka, an ENT surgeon at UNC Health Care, was able to get Dac Carpenter into a clinical trial that installed a sound bridge in one ear. That allows Dac to hear just like he did before he was injured.

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