Denniston appointed new physician leader for Graduate Medical Education

Clark Denniston, MD, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, is the new Designated Institutional Official for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Denniston served as Residency Program Director for the Department of Family Medicine for 14 years.

Clark Denniston, MD, completed his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine where he was elected to the AOA Honor Medical Society and subsequently graduated cum laude in 1983.  As a recipient of a Health Professions Scholarship through the US Army, he completed his residency training at Ft. Ord, CA in 1986. After residency, he served four years as a family physician in military service, the last two of which he was a junior faculty physician in the Army's Family Medicine residency at Ft. Gordon, GA. Dr. Denniston's civilian career then began in 1990 in the Family Medicine department at Duke University where he taught and practiced medicine until 1996.  He then joined the University of North Carolina Family Medicine residency program, where he has served as the residency director since 1997.

Dr. Denniston’s work as a teacher has been recognized with 6 different teaching awards and clearly reflects his dedication to and personal interest in residency education. He is committed to providing residency training that will prepare graduates for practice in any setting one might find family physicians.  In addition to residency teaching, he is a core instructor in the "Teaching and Learning” segment of the UNC Faculty Development Fellowship program, and he teaches in the Healer’s Art Course for UNC medical students.

Dr. Denniston's academic interests focus on improving teaching skills of clinical faculty, curriculum design with a focus on competency based learning, handling difficult learning situations, and mentoring.  He has published articles and made national presentations in these areas.  His work nationally in family medicine residency education includes his appointment to the Residency Program Solutions (RPS) Consultant Panel, and in this capacity continues to enjoy the opportunity to help other residency programs achieve new heights. And, in 2010, he was appointed to the Academic Council of the National Institute for Program Director Development, a program which trains the future family medicine residency directors across the country.

Clinically, Dr. Denniston continues to be active in full-spectrum family medicine, including hospital-based care, outpatient procedures and family-centered prenatal and intrapartum care.