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The new class of students arrived on campus this week for orientation.

The 180 students were selected from nearly 6,500 applicants. They began their week of orientation Tuesday, as they were greeted by a group of enthusiastic second year students who turned out to welcome them to UNC. They then heard from UNC School of Medicine leaders who offered an overview of the mission, philosophy, and training curriculum.

They then broke out into their respective advisory colleges to meet their classmates and advisors.

Orientation day two offered more information on the curriculum’s Foundation Phase and Patient Centered Care Course. Afterwards, students were able to complete a campus scavenger hunt, have their first encounters with simulated patients, get sized for their white coats, and even have some fun taking pictures in a photo booth sponsored by UNC Medical Alumni Affairs.

The week continues with Friday’s Activities Fair where students learn about the numerous student groups and organizations that they can become involved with. Saturday, students will participate in a Day of Service.

During the hustle and bustle of orientation, we spoke with a few students who offered their thoughts on beginning medical school at UNC.

Rodney Arthur, a graduate of the University of Michigan, said: “Last year, I completed the MED program and so I was excited to come to the UNC School of Medicine because I already knew of the awesome support system here. I’m just excited about medicine, excited about starting classes, ready to get going.”
Sara Chico, a graduate of Appalachian State University, said: “I’m so happy with my choice to come to UNC and I’m ready to take this big first step in my medical career.”
Portia Nleya, a graduate of UNC, said: “I’m excited to be here. I’m a Tar Heel born and bred. I’ve just loved meeting everyone so far and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Jessica Stevens, a graduate of Appalachian State University, said: “I’m excited about getting some hands on training, being in the clinic, and interacting with patients.”