Byerley appointed Vice Dean for Education

Julie Story Byerley, MD, MPH, associate professor of pediatrics and Vice Chair for Education in the Pediatrics Department, will lead the development of the new MD curriculum.

Byerley appointed Vice Dean for Education click to enlarge Julie Byerley, MD, MPH

Dr. William Roper, Dean of the UNC School of Medicine, has appointed Julie Byerley, MD, as Vice Dean for Education, effective Sept. 10, 2013.

The Vice Dean for Education is the Chief Education Officer for the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Byerley will be responsible for the curriculum and programs for medical students, including student admissions, assessments, meeting accreditation standards and oversight of student affairs. As Vice Dean, Dr. Byerley will contribute to the direction of Graduate Medical Education at UNC Hospitals. In her role as Vice Dean, Dr. Byerley will report to Marschall Runge, MD, PhD, Executive Dean of the School of Medicine.

“Dr. Byerley has a track record of excellence in teaching medical students and residents during her tenure in the department of pediatrics,” said Dr. Roper. “She has proved herself to be an effective leader during the development of the new MD curriculum and I look forward to working with her on many education initiatives.”

Dr. Byerley is currently leading the overhaul of the MD curriculum, which will launch in August 2014. The new curriculum, “Translational Education at Carolina,” known as TEC, is a student-centered and patient-based approach that will emphasize active learning and integration. Designed to promote the development of leadership skills, professionalism, and service to others, TEC will provide students greater flexibility and allow for individualized experience.

“Dr. Byerley is respected among her peers as a clinician and an educator,” said Dr. Runge. “This is most evident in her election by the faculty as an inaugural co-director of the Academy of Educators, a select group of faculty focused on the educational experience of our students.” Dr. Byerley successfully co-led the AOE with Kathleen Rao and then subsequently with Beat Steiner.

Well known nationally among the pediatrics education community, Dr. Byerley draws experience in education from her position as director of the pediatric residency program, from which she will step down. She also spent eight years directing the pediatric clerkship for medical students and co-chaired the clinical curriculum committee for all MD students for five years.

“I am excited about working together with our outstanding teaching faculty,” said Dr. Byerley. “Our goal is to engage our promising students to become physicians who meet the needs of the people of North Carolina and beyond.”

Dr. Byerley will continue to practice as a general pediatrician in inpatient and outpatient settings at UNC Hospitals, with clinical focus on diagnostic dilemmas and the care of patients with complex conditions.

Dr. Byerley earned a BA in Physics at Rhodes College. Before attending medical school at Duke University, she worked as a high school science teacher. She completed her Pediatrics Residency and Chief Residency at UNC and earned a Master’s of Public Health at UNC in Maternal and Child Health. She has been a member of the faculty since 2002.