FAQ

How large are the two "sibling" residencies at UNC?

Internal Medicine Program: 29 PGY-1s (23 categorical and 6 prelim); 23 PGY-2s; and 24 PGY-3s.  Four chief residents share the responsibility for administrative affairs and educational activities.

Pediatric Program: 23 PGY-1s (17 categorical, 1 prelim, 1 Neuro, 4 Primary Care Track); 22 PGY-2s; and 21 PGY-3s.  Three chief residents share the responsibility for administrative affairs and educational activities.

What is the patient mix at UNC Hospitals?

The Pediatrics Department estimates that about 50% of the patients seen have commercial insurance, 40% have Medicaid, and 10% are self-pay. For Pediatrics about 20% of all patients are covered by managed care. The Department of Medicine estimates that about 34% of patients have commercial insurance, about 44% have Medicare, about 9% have Medicaid, and about 13% are self-pay. For Medicine about 10% of all patients are covered by managed care.

How well do the UNC Med/Peds residents do on the Board exams?

The ten year pass rate for Med/Peds residents: Internal Medicine = 100%, Pediatrics = 100%. Each year the residents take the in-service training exam in both medicine and pediatrics as a means of tracking preparedness and progress.

What is the night call schedule?

On Medicine, all ward rotations operate on a night float system. Intensive care rotation for upper level residents is every 4th night call. There is no call except for occasional back-up call on elective and clinic rotations. On Pediatrics, for upper level residents, Moses Cone is every 4th night call. The remainder of rotations are on a day shift /night shift schedule or a night float schedule.

How much vacation time do Med/Peds residents receive?

All residents have 21 calendar days of paid vacation in addition to the six-day holiday around either Christmas or New Year’s Day. Over the four years, vacation time is divided evenly between Medicine and Pediatrics rotations.

How much compensation do Med/Peds residents receive?

Benefits include health insurance, disability insurance, and malpractice insurance. Health insurance is renegotiated each year and the insert reflects costs for this insurance for the current year only. Current annual salaries and information on health insurance benefits, disability insurance, and malpractice insurance are listed on the insert included in the interview day packet.

White coats and on-call meals are provided. Each resident also receives the Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program, a self-study syllabus of Internal Medicine published by the American College of Physicians. All fourth year Med/Peds residents are given an extra $400 stipend by the Pediatrics Department to pay expenses to an approved medical meeting or to purchase books.

The Department does not pay for the required State of North Carolina temporary medical training license. It is each resident’s responsibility to apply and pay for the license.

How many months do Medicine/Pediatrics residents spend at Moses Cone Hospital and Wake Medical Center?

Within the 48-month training program, a Medicine/Pediatrics resident will spend approximately 8 months at our affiliated teaching hospitals. These are popular and valuable rotations which diversify the residency experience by providing community-based inpatient and outpatient experience.

How many applications for PGY-1 positions are received?

The UNC Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program receives approximately 350 completed applications each fall. Between 50 and 70 applicants are invited to UNC to interview for the 6 PGY-1 positions.

Is there an opportunity for Med/Peds residents to be Chief Residents?

Med/Peds residents are eligible for selection to serve as chief residents in either the departments of Internal Medicine or Pediatrcs, and our residents are frequently selected to these junior faculty positions. 

In addition, each year the program supports a PGY-5 Med/Peds Chief Resident who functions as a hospitalist, Med/Peds clinic preceptor and program administrator dedicated to the Med/Peds program, with teaching responsibilities extending into the categorical departments.