UNC to welcome students for annual First Look event

Carolina First Look is an annual event sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine's Office of Inclusive Excellence. The event brings medical students from underrepresented backgrounds to Chapel Hill to give them a feel for what a residency at UNC Hospitals would be like.

UNC to welcome students for annual First Look event click to enlarge 2017 Carolina First Look Participants

This weekend, medical students from underrepresented backgrounds will arrive in Chapel Hill for the annual Carolina First Look event. Over the course of the weekend, the students will network with each other, meet UNC faculty and residents, tour UNC Medical Center, and participate in many other activities designed to make sure that they can see themselves being successful as residents at UNC.

The First Look event is sponsored by the UNC School of Medicine’s Office of Inclusive Excellence and led by Hugh Smith, Associate Director for Faculty Pipeline Initiatives.

Smith said he is expecting between 70-75 participants for this weekend’s event. He said changes over the last few years have been made to enhance the program and make certain it is relevant for students in different stages of medical school.

Students further along in medical school will have the opportunity to participate in mock residency interviews. There will also be an event for younger students, designed to prepare them for clinical rotations.

All participants will here from past Carolina First Look participants who are now residents at UNC. Smith says there are 15 alums of the program in various stages of residency. The group will also hear a keynote address from Cristy Page, MD, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

Smith says the goal of the event is two-fold: showcase UNC to these prospective residents, and give UNC’s residency program directors a chance to meet these outstanding medical students.

“We know high quality candidates are available and we have to work to make ourselves attractive to them,” Smith said. “It’s also invaluable for the First Look participants to talk with current residents about what it takes to be a strong candidate for residency.”