Food, the future, and why students love UNC

2014 graduates share what they’ll miss about UNC, how prepared they are for the next step in their careers, and the most important thing they learned at UNC.

Food, the future, and why students love UNC click to enlarge The School of Medicine Class of 2014.

 What will you miss about UNC and Chapel Hill?

Nancy Wang
Nancy Wang
Daku Siewe
Daku Siewe, UNC School of Medicine 2014 Graduate who will be a radiologist at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Claire Thomson and Suzanne Barakat
Claire Thomson and Suzanne Barakat, UNC School of Medicine 2014 Graduates. Claire will be a family medicine doctor at Brown University. Suzanne will be a family medicine doctor at the University of California, San Francisco.
Moneika Owens
Moneika Owens, UNC School of Medicine Graduate who will be a family medicine doctor at Cabarrus Family Medicine at CMC Northeast Hospital in Concord.
Abdul Nasiru
Abdul Nasiru, UNC School of Medicine 2014 Graduate who will be a radiologist at Emory University
Robert Hutchins
Robert Hutchins, UNC School of Medicine 2014 Graduate who will be an internist at the University of California, San Francisco.
“I’ve been here for more than a decade. I’m going to miss the Southern food a lot – my Sunrise biscuits, Bojangles’, Cookout – that will be a big thing. And of course I’m going to miss the Southern hospitality – how everybody is so nice. You see patients and they don’t even know you but they treat you like your family.”
--Nancy Wang, future urologist at Stanford University

 “I’m going to miss most our family unit with the SNMA [Student National Medical Association]. The organization really helped me get through med school. They were very supportive. I built long-lasting relationships with most of the members and the faculty involved. I’m going to miss them a lot.”
- Moneika Owens, future family medicine doc at Cabarrus Family Medicine at CMC Northeast Hospital in Concord.

“I love the atmosphere, the sports, the students at UNC, and everyone is so nice – that Southern hospitality. I really like my classmates. It’s a great group of people. I’m going to miss my friends, the people I’ve gotten to know the last four years. It will be hard parting ways but we knew it was inevitable.”

- Abdul Nasiru, future radiologist at Emory University

“I’ll miss the friends I’ve made here. It’s a strong bond, three to four years spent together learning…. We’ve come a long way together.
- Daku Siewe, future radiologist at Medical University of South Carolina

“Biscuits. I feel strongly about biscuits.”
-Claire Thomson, future family medicine doc at Brown University

“Bojangles’.”
- Suzanne Barakat, future family medicine doc at University of California, San Francisco

 

What do you think makes UNC special?

“They’ve created a sense of community….The school is still here for us as students even as we move on and become residents. UNC is still our home and always a place we can come back to.”
-Claire Thomson, future family medicine doc at Brown University


How did UNC prepare you for the next step in your medical career?

 “As scared as we were before the interview process, it became clearer while interviewing just how strong and well-prepared UNC students are. It was an incredible blessing to have trained here. And the cost, the quality of education, the friendliness of the faculty and staff, your friendly peers –there’s nothing like it.”
- Suzanne Barakat, future family medicine doc at University of California, San Francisco

“Everyone that’s graduating probably has some anxiety about starting intern year. If they don’t, then it’s probably a little worrisome. But I feel very prepared, and I think the School of Medicine has done an excellent job of preparing all of us to pursue whatever field we’ve chosen.”
-Robert Hutchins, future internist at the University of California, San Francisco

I don’t know if you can ever say you’re completely ready for the next step, but UNC definitely prepared me.”
- Daku Siewe, future radiologist at Medical University of South Carolina

“The most important thing I learned is that you always have to keep the patient first. As a physician, I may have an agenda, my staff may have an agenda, but you always have to remember that when things get tough think about what’s best for the patient and always keep the patient first. UNC is especially good at instilling that.”
- Moneika Owens, future family medicine doc at Cabarrus Family Medicine at CMC Northeast Hospital in Concord.

“I think UNC excels in two different ways. First, it gives us a really good perspective of rural medicine and different geographies and different populations, and part of that is because we get to rotate through different hospitals across the state, which is very rare – not all schools get to do that.

“The second thing is that UNC’s curriculum is really flexible. I took a year off and got the MPH here, which is an amazing program, and during that year I had time to do some of my other extracurriculars, including writing for WUNC-NPR and doing a lot of medical journalism. I don’t think many medical schools would have had the flexibility to let us pursue other interests. So I think we’re all a lot more interesting and diverse because of it, and I think it informs our ability to connect with our patients.”

-Nancy Wang, future urologist at Stanford University

 

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Click here to see the full list of 2014 graduates, as well as, awards and honors for graduates and faculty.

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