Clark Denniston, MD

Clark Denniston, MD, joined the NIPDD Academic council in the fall of 2010, and was selected to become the Chair of the Academic Council in the spring of 2012.  He completed his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine where he was elected to the AOA Honor Medical Society and subsequently graduated cum laude in 1983. As a recipient of a Health Professions Scholarship through the US Army, he completed his residency training at Ft. Ord, CA in 1986. After residency, he served 4 years as a family physician in military service, the last two of which he was a junior faculty physician in the Army's Family Medicine residency at Ft. Gordon, GA. Dr. Denniston's civilian career then began in 1990 in the Family Medicine department at Duke University where he taught and practiced medicine until 1996. He then joined the University of North Carolina Family Medicine residency program, where he served as the residency director from 1997 until August 2011, at which point he was selected to serve as the DIO/Executive Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at UNC Hospitals.

Dr. Denniston’s work as a teacher over the years has been recognized with 7 different teaching awards, including his most recent award for Residency Teacher of the Year in 2012, and clearly reflects his dedication to and personal interest in residency education. He is committed to providing residency training that will prepare graduates for practice in any setting one might find family physicians. In addition to residency teaching, he has been a core instructor in the "Teaching and Learning” segment of the national UNC Faculty Development Fellowship program for over 20 years. 

Dr. Denniston's academic interests focus on improving teaching skills of clinical faculty, curriculum design with a focus on competency based learning, handling difficult learning situations, providing effective feedback, and mentoring. He has published articles and made national presentations in these areas.  He also actively enjoys personal narrative writing and was honored to have an essay accepted for publication in JAMA’s Piece of my Mind section in May 2011.  Between 2007 and 2012 he served on the Residency Program Solutions (RPS) Consultant Panel, and in this capacity enjoyed the opportunity to help other residency programs achieve new heights.

Although Dr. Denniston’s work now as DIO involves a significant portion of his effort to be directed towards oversight of all of UNC’s ACGME accredited programs and mentoring of 79 UNC GME program directors, clinically he continues to be active in family medicine, including outpatient procedures and family-centered prenatal care, both in his own continuity practice and in supervising the UNC Family Medicine residents.