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UNC

Thoughts about UNC? Thanks.

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jtwhite
unc

yes, please. There is very little information online at the program's website.

Anonymous (not verified)
New chair

Culley Carson is stepping down. New chair. Not sure how much it will change things.

Anonymous (not verified)
UNC update

I had the opportunity to interview there this year and the program seems to be headed in a great direction.  They are making efforts to integrate their research with some of the experts in biostats/epi/study design/database management at the school of public heath and are hoping to build a strong outcomes program.  The new chair is Raj Pruthi, an oncologist out of Stanford. Eric Walen is the PD (Lap/MIS).  They just added a Duke-trained recon person (Borawski).  Nielson is an oncologist trained at Hopkins with experience in outcomes research (also relatively new to the program).  They have strong mid-level support with 4 NPs, who have started to do some of the work on the wards as well (freeing the junior resident to be learning in the OR).  There are currently 7-8 full time faculty and they are recruiting 2-3 more.  They have a strong emphasis on their collegial culture of teaching and specifically look for people who are oriented towards resident training.  They seem to get some interesting cases and to draw patients from all over the region (even with Duke nearby).  They have a 6 mo. rotation in Charlotte that is very well-liked by the residents and for which they put you up in a 2 br townhouse (about 2.5 hours away).  The facilities are state of the art and brand new (glistening cancer center, new physicians office building, dirt-pushing project in the central area where they are building yet another thing). 

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3 per year

Hey were recently approved to add 3 residents per year and plan to do so starting June, 2011

Anonymous (not verified)
Recently did an away rotation

Recently did an away rotation here. Not a great place to do an away. Residents micro manage your schedule. Overemphasis OR. Send you to the OR for cystectomy cases when there is clinic. Also, 14/15 residents are men - 1 is a minority. Very onc heavy, little reconstruction, female urology or neurourology. Residents are afraid of certain attendings and/or think some are incompetent. Patients and nursing staff are sort of unmotivated. Strengths are regular conferences are intersting and well presented and residents seem really well trained in robatic cases. Chapel Hill is a great place to live. No big city but still socially progressive with a vibrant downtown.

Anonymous (not verified)
clinic?

Anonymous User wrote:
Recently did an away rotation here. Not a great place to do an away. Residents micro manage your schedule. Overemphasis OR. Send you to the OR for cystectomy cases when there is clinic. Also, 14/15 residents are men - 1 is a minority. Very onc heavy, little reconstruction, female urology or neurourology. Residents are afraid of certain attendings and/or think some are incompetent. Patients and nursing staff are sort of unmotivated. Strengths are regular conferences are intersting and well presented and residents seem really well trained in robatic cases. Chapel Hill is a great place to live. No big city but still socially progressive with a vibrant downtown.
I am very confused. You would rather go to clinic than assist on a cystectomy?

Match2011
My 2 cents

On away rotations, u should focus on getting to know attendings and helping them.  You will be useless in a cystectomy, as you never really "assist".  Also, the attending's focus will be on the case and you will be the last thought on his/her mind.  In clinic, you can make a big impact by seeing patients for attendings.  Plus u get the opportunity to chat with them on a personal level in between rooms.  Also u spend a whole day with them vs. just a single case.  Don't worry, once you match, u will have ur cyctectomies.I felt I made a better impression during aways, because I avoided OR time where I was basically ignored by attendings.  Instead I spent 2 -3 days a week in clinic during my aways and I got to know the attendings pretty well.

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Anonymous User wrote:
Recently did an away rotation here. Not a great place to do an away. Residents micro manage your schedule. Overemphasis OR. Send you to the OR for cystectomy cases when there is clinic. Also, 14/15 residents are men - 1 is a minority. Very onc heavy, little reconstruction, female urology or neurourology. Residents are afraid of certain attendings and/or think some are incompetent. Patients and nursing staff are sort of unmotivated. Strengths are regular conferences are intersting and well presented and residents seem really well trained in robatic cases. Chapel Hill is a great place to live. No big city but still socially progressive with a vibrant downtown.
I am very confused. You would rather go to clinic than assist on a cystectomy?