Family Medicine

The latest news from the Department of Family Medicine at UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Third Straight Year

UNC School of Medicine Ranked First for Primary Care for Third Straight Year

In the organization’s annual rankings of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” U.S. News & World Report ranked UNC School of Medicine 1st in primary care and 23rd in research.

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Which Is More Effective for Treating PTSD:  Medication, or Psychotherapy?

Which Is More Effective for Treating PTSD: Medication, or Psychotherapy?

A systematic review and meta-analysis led by Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, of UNC’s departments of social medicine and family medicine, finds there is insufficient evidence at present to answer that question. Clinicians should make shared decisions with patients about treatment, and they should not rely on current treatment guidelines.

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UNC School of Medicine Announces New Class of FIRST Scholars

UNC School of Medicine Announces New Class of FIRST Scholars

The Fully Integrated Readiness for Service Training (FIRST) is a three-year medical school curriculum to fast-track UNC School of Medicine students into UNC Family Medicine Residency, followed by three years of service in NC with ongoing support in practice.

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Approval Processes for Clinical Practice Guidelines Introduce Potential Conflicts of Interest, Review Finds

Approval Processes for Clinical Practice Guidelines Introduce Potential Conflicts of Interest, Review Finds

The study led by UNC’s Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, in the departments of social medicine and family medicine, finds that most of the approval processes used by medical specialty societies in the U.S. have the potential to undermine editorial independence of the guideline development committee.

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Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, Appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, Appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

UNC Department of Family Medicine professor and vice chair of research, Katrina Donahue MD, MPH, has been appointed to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force as one of its newest members.

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A Full Breakdown of All Vaping Industry Academic Scholarships to High Schoolers

A Full Breakdown of All Vaping Industry Academic Scholarships to High Schoolers

Led by Adam Goldstein, MD, UNC Family Medicine researchers published details on how electronic cigarette companies offer academic scholarships to high school-age teenagers and young adults, showing a disconnect between the industry’s desire to increase vaping among young people and the desire of health advocates to decrease such usage.

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Family Medicine Researchers Funded to Study Shift to Value-based Care

Family Medicine Researchers Funded to Study Shift to Value-based Care

Led by Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, associate professor of family medicine, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine have been awarded a $255,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to study UNC Family Medicine’s shift to a value-based health care model.

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Ashkin, Rosen serve as co-guest editors for November issue of NCMJ

Ashkin, Rosen serve as co-guest editors for November issue of NCMJ

Evan Ashkin, MD, and David Rosen MD, PhD, are guest editors in the current issue of the North Carolina Medical Journal, which centers on health and the criminal justice system.

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Kistler named to steering committee for new PREVENTABLE trial

Kistler named to steering committee for new PREVENTABLE trial

Christine Kistler, MD, MASc, has been named to the steering committee for a new NIH-funded trial on use of statins in preventing dementia, disability.

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E-cigarette Flavors Decrease Perception of Harm Among Youth

E-cigarette Flavors Decrease Perception of Harm Among Youth

Led by UNC Family Medicine and UNC Lineberger researchers, a systematic review of scientific literature revealed the role flavored e-cigarettes have on product preference, appeal, harm perceptions, willingness to use, and initiation among youth. Flavors similarly affect adult e-cigarette use, though the relationship between e-cigarette flavors and cessation of cigarette smoking among adults remains unclear.

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Goldstein to use $2.7M NCI grant to develop, test warnings for little cigars, cigarillos

Goldstein to use $2.7M NCI grant to develop, test warnings for little cigars, cigarillos

The National Cancer Institute has awarded University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, a five-year, $2.7 million grant to develop more effective health warnings for little cigars and cigarillos.

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Fraher Receives the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership

Fraher Receives the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership

The North Carolina Institute of Medicine presented Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP, director of the Carolina Health Workforce Research Center, with the Award for Excellence in Health Policy Leadership at the NCIOM 2019 Annual Meeting.

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Researchers find combined therapy for RA may help speed remission

Researchers find combined therapy for RA may help speed remission

RTI and UNC-Chapel Hill researchers, including Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, and Beth Jonas, MD, analyzed results from 22 studies to support combination therapy as a way improve outcomes for some rheumatoid arthritis patients.

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UNC collaborates with NC Department of Public Safety, Durham County Sheriff’s Office on opioid addiction treatment

UNC collaborates with NC Department of Public Safety, Durham County Sheriff’s Office on opioid addiction treatment

Two new projects are part of a NIH-funded network to improve opioid addiction treatment in criminal justice settings. Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, PhD, is a co-principal investigator for one study and site-PI for the other.

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Researchers find correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use

Researchers find correlation between vaping cannabis and other tobacco use

UNC Family Medicine researchers Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH, and Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH, lead new study on teen rates for using e-cigarette devices to vape marijuana.

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UNC researchers featured in PCORI, ADA video for international conference

UNC researchers featured in PCORI, ADA video for international conference

Katrina Donahue, MD, MPH, in the department of family medicine and Laura Young, MD, PhD, and John Buse, MD, PhD, in the department of medicine were featured in this American Diabetes Association video about the MONITOR Trial and a $1.3 million PCORI-funded effort to translate UNC diabetes research into the clinic.

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UNC School of Medicine’s  Dr. Harry Stafford Receives Humanitarian Award

UNC School of Medicine’s Dr. Harry Stafford Receives Humanitarian Award

Dr. Stafford is being recognized for "his continued efforts in sports medicine and heart health. His efforts continue to impact our local communities and student-athletes across North Carolina.”

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UNC SOM Professor, Student Selected as Diversity Award Recipients

UNC SOM Professor, Student Selected as Diversity Award Recipients

The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill selected Evan Ashkin, MD, professor of family medicine, and allied health graduate student Mariel Marshall as recipients of 2019 Diversity Awards.

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Ruff to Run Boston Marathon

Ruff to Run Boston Marathon

Dr. Sarah Ruff, a physician at UNC Family Medicine at Southpoint, was selected from more than 500 applicants nationwide to run the Boston Marathon with a team of 18 health professionals.

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