Wake Forest Medical School

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About Wake Forest Medical School

The Wake Forest School of Medicine is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. Wake Forest established a tradition of educating careful, highly skilled leaders of doctors in 1902.

The school has expanded over time and has grown in scope and reputation.

Bowman Gray Sr. left part of his fortune after his unexpected death in 1935 to be used as a charitable effort to help the people of Winston-Salem and the surrounding area.

    Wake Forest Medical SchoolAccreditations

  • The School of Medicine is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) under the authority of Wake Forest University. Wake Forest University was last accredited in 2016 by SACSCOC and will be reviewed for the fifth year in 2021. In 2026, the University will undergo a complete review. Accreditation by SACSCOC enables the university to award baccalaureate, a master’s degree, and a doctorate.
  • The Commission for the Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)222 S accredits the Nurse Anesthesia program. The program was granted full accreditation for 10 years after the last accreditation check-in 2015.
  • The MD program is approved by the United States and Canada’s Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the official accrediting body for educational programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Since 1942, with the last full site visit in 2016, the MD program has been accredited. During the academic year 2023-2024, the MD Program will undergo its next visit to the LCME accreditation site.
  • Wake Forest University has been accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARCPA). Continued to Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.
  • Affiliated Centers

  • Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
  • Graylyn International Conference Center
  • 5 WFDD
  • Reynolda Gardens
  • Reynolda House
  • Reynolda Village
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Mission

    Our medical school is the information hub or heart of our learning health system through education and research— a network where the findings of today become the procedures of tomorrow and where innovation is a natural outcome of patient care excellence.

    The mission of Mission Wake Forest Baptist Health is to improve our region, state and nation’s health through:

  • Knowledge generation and translation for disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Health care and biomedical science education experts.
  • Serving as our region’s leading health care system, with specific centers of excellence recognized as destinations for national and international care.
  • Vision

    Wake Forest Baptist Health is a leading system of learning health that promotes better health for everyone through collaboration, excellence, and innovation.

    Honors and Awards

    Every May, Wake Forest College honors students who exemplify the highest priorities of the University by achieving academic excellence. The honors are given by departmental and college committees at the Honors and Awards Ceremony held during the weekend of the beginning. Join us in honoring our accomplished students and celebrating the 2019 senior speaker.

Admission Procedure

With a demonstrated commitment to serving others and pursuing academic excellence, we are looking for ambitious and diverse students. We consider the academic and personal qualifications of applicants, including personal values. A major reason why admission to the Wake Forest School of Medicine is so competitive is our strong and innovative curriculum. The high match rate of residence also reflects excellent performance.

    Wake Forest Medical School Requirements

    There is a requirement to apply for at least 90 hours of college work, and advanced placement (AP) and other credits are acceptable. With a strong emphasis on academic excellence, compassion, service, integrity, diversity, collegiality and innovation, we welcome applicants from all majors and colleges. All applicants should show a high degree of scholarship. The average GPA class of 2023 is 3.67 and the total score of the MCAT is 513. Admissions must be checked with a minimum science GPA of 3.2. To meet this criterion, the post-baccalaureate and graduate GPA will also be reviewed. While there is no particular coursework needed by the Wake Forest School of Medicine, candidates should be able to demonstrate expertise in each of the areas shown as expressed in their MCAT ranking. To be a successful candidate, candidates from non-science majors are strongly encouraged to undergo a range of scientific training.

    Application Process

    All applicants to Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Doctor of Medicine program are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer) to assist with our selection process for the 2019-2020 Admissions Period. To take CASPer, on your selected test date, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a secure internet connection. CASPer can be used almost anywhere you can meet the above specifications. There will be no exceptions for applicants who are unable to take CASPer online because they are located at places where the internet is not available.

    Required Courses

  • Biology: introductory biology, molecular / cell biology, genetics, anatomy, physiology, neuroscience
  • Chemistry: biochemistry, organic chemistry
  • Physics: introductory physics
  • Mathematics: algebra, statistics
  • Psychology: introductory psychology, behavioral psychology, abnormal psychology
  • Sociology: introductory sociology, course work on health differences 
  • Humanities: foreign language (especially Spanish), philosophy (especially medical)

Wake Forest Medical School Departments

  • Anesthesiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biostatistics and Data Science
  • Cancer Biology
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Comparative Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology and Metabolism Section
  • Epidemiology and Prevention
  • Family and Community Medicine
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine
  • Hematology and Oncology
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Implementation Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Genetics
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurobiology and Anatomy
  • Neurology

  • Research Centers

  • Center for Biomedical Informatics
  • Hypertension and Vascular Research Center
  • Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma
  • Wake Forest Clinical and Translational Science Institute
  • Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Critical Illness, Injury and Recovery Research Center (CIIRRC)
  • Center on Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism
  • Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM)
  • Center for Integrative Medicine
  • Center for Precision Medicine
  • Center for Redox Biology and Medicine
  • Center for Research on Substance Use and Addiction
  • Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer’s Prevention
  • Center for Vaccines at the Extremes of Aging
  • Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
  • Center for Healthcare Innovation

  • Wake Forest Medical School Facilities


      The ZSR Library provides access to the emerging science and biomedical literature of the world to doctors, researchers, and students at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. The library offers the services of finding a database, reserving a study room, citing a source, getting course reserves, requesting interlibrary loan/delivery, reserving multimedia equipment, printing in the library, browsing new books and new films, using special collections. You can get help from the staff of the library or library liaisons by emailing the library staff or meeting in person. If the best resource is needed library provides the resource guide. For individual help, you can book a research session. Facilities at the library include bridge service desk, business information commons, library auditorium, study rooms, and a writing center. ZSR library offers the collections mentioned below:

    • New Books
    • New Films
    • Special Collections & Archives
    • Digital Collections
    • WakeSpace Digital Archive
    • HathiTrust Digital Library
    • Browsing Collection
    • Current Periodical
    • Film Collection
    • Government Documents
    • Microtext Collection
    • Special Collections & Archives
    • Housing

      On-Campus Housing facility:

    • 757 North Apartments
    • Albert Hall 
    • The Gallery Lofts 
    • Piedmont Leaf Lofts
    • Plant 64 
    • The Residences at the R.J. Reynolds Building
    • Winston Factory Lofts 
    • Off-Campus Housing facility:

    • Ardmore
    • Bermuda Run
    • Buena Vista/Runnymede/West Highlands
    • Downtown Winston-Salem
    • Holly Avenue
    • Olde Vineyard
    • Old Salem
    • Sherwood Forest
    • South Fork
    • Washington Park
    • West End
    • Rental Resources

    • Ardmore Terrace & Cloverdale Apartments
    • Briarleigh Park Apartments
    • Crowne Apartments
    • Deacon Place
    • Deacon Station
    • Nissen Building Apartments
    • Pines at Bethabara
    • Plant 64 Loft Apartment Homes
    • The Corners at Crystal Lake
    • The Edge Flats
    • The Gallery Lofts
    • The Ledges
    • The Livery Apartments
    • The Pointe at Robinhood Village
    • The Residences at Diamond Ridge
    • The Stratford at Hillcrest Towne Center Apartments
    • The Trails at Bethabara
    • Winston Factory Lofts
    • Dining Facilities

    • The North Dining Hall
    • Reynolda Hall
    • Davis Hall
    • Poteat Hall
    • Worrell Hall
    • Smith Reynolda Library
    • Farrell Hall
    • Benson Center
    • Einstein’s
    • Moe’s
    • 336 Market
    • Chick-fil-A
    • Forest Greens
    • Shorty’s
    • Legal Grounds
    • Zick’s
    • Subway & P.O.D.
    • The Pit
    • The Magnolia Room
    • Village Juice
    • O.D. Market
    • Starbucks
    • Hilltop Market
    • Wild Blue
    • Transportation and Parking

      Around Campus

      Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Van Services offers free transportation to more than 20 Medical Center locations for patients, families, students, visitors, and staff. Six scheduled routes serve12 Medical Center facilities regularly.

      Around the Community

      Biking is popular as a fitness activity and as a way to get around the city. Winston-Salem actively works to improve the cycling environment, and the website of the city provides many services, updates on the path and a newsletter. The Winston-Salem Transit Authority offers bus service to Greensboro and High Point, which includes night and weekend services and routes.


      When they intend to park at the Innovation Center, students and employees must have official parking decals on their cars. For those traveling between the Innovation Quarter and the Winston-Salem Campus or another WFBMC location, those who choose to drive their vehicle must have parking decals for both locations.

      Sports Centers and Facilities

      The University of Wake Forest offers the sports facilities listed below for both men and women

      Men’s sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cross
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track & field
    • Women’s sports

    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Golf
    • Soccer
    • Tennis
    • Track & field
    • Volleyball
    • Sports Centers

    • BB&T Field
    • LJVM Coliseum
    • David F. Couch Ballpark
    • Spry Stadium
    • Wake Forest Tennis Center
    • Kentner Stadium
    • Reynolds Gymnasium
    • Arnold Palmer Golf Complex / Haddock House
    • McCreary Tower
    • McCreary Field House
    • Bridger Field House
    • Miller Center / Budd Gym
    • Pruitt Football Center
    • Old Town Club
    • Sutton Sports Performance Center / Shah Basketball Complex
    • Student Organizations at Wake Forest Medical School

      Student groups are forums for student-led participation on campus. WF School of Medicine consists of any program students who have formally organized themselves to fulfill a common interest. Student groups range from performing arts, clubs, and sports to community or religious groups. The student organization includes:

    • Addiction Medicine
    • All Student Wellness Committee
    • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
    • American Medical Association
    • American Medical Women’s Association
    • Bootcamp Workout Group
    • Brenner HOPE
    • Christian Medical and Dental Associates
    • DEAC
    • Gay Straight Alliance
    • Genetics in Medicine
    • Global Health
    • Gold Humanism Honor Society
    • Graduate Student Wellness Committee
    • Health Policy
    • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
    • Institute for Healthcare Improvement
    • Latino Medical Student Association
    • Medical Students for Choice
    • Military Medical Students Association
    • Navigating Medical School
    • Operation Smile
    • Physician Scientist
    • Sexual Health Awareness Group
    • Significant Others
    • Student National Medical Association
    • Student Wellness Center
    • Technology in Medicine
    • Wake Up to Science
    • Wilderness Medicine
    • Wake Forest Medical School Scholarships

    • Albert Bechmann Scholarship
    • Grigg Scholarship Fund
    • Gordon-Watts Scholarship
    • Hawthorne Hill Scholarship
    • William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
    • Jarrahi Family Scholarship
    • Paul and Marcia Meis Scholarship
    • Snyder Family Fund
    • Wells Fargo Educational Scholarship
    • Albert Bechmann Scholarship
    • Grigg Scholarship Fund
    • Gordon-Watts Scholarship
    • Hawthorne Hill Scholarship
    • William Randolph Hearst Scholarship
    • Jarrahi Family Scholarship
    • Paul and Marcia Meis Scholarship
    • Snyder Family Fund
    • Wells Fargo Educational Scholarship
    • Other potential scholarships for diverse students:
    • AMA- Underrepresented in Medicine
    • American Indian Education Foundation
    • American Indian Graduate Center – BIE STEM Loan for Service
    • American Indian Science and Engineering Society: A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
    • AMA – Dr. Richard Williams Black Cardiologist Scholarship
    • Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship
    • Buckfire & Buckfire Medical School Diversity Scholarship
    • Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship Program
    • College Scholarships Foundation Minority Student Scholarship
    • LaToya Smith Memorial Medical School Scholarship
    • Hispanic Scholarship Fund
    • Links Scholars in Medicine Scholarship
    • National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program
    • National Medical Fellowships – Scholarships & Awards
    • Alliant Health Solutions/NMF Alzheimer’s or Related Dementia Care Scholarship
    • Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship
    • Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Scholarship
    • Mary Ball Carerra Scholarship
    • NMA Emerging Scholars Awards
    • National Medical Fellowships- National Alumni Council Scholarship Program
    • NMF National Alumni Council Scholarship Program
    • NMF Scholarship in Ophthalmology
    • United Health Foundation/NMF Diverse Medical Scholars Program
    • Zimmer Biomet/NMF Orthopaedic Scholarship
    • Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream for Graduate Students scholarship
    • National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program
    • National Medical Fellowships – Scholarships & Awards
    • Alliant Health Solutions/NMF Alzheimer’s or Related Dementia Care Scholarship
    • Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship 
    • Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Scholarship
    • Mary Ball Carerra Scholarship 
    • NMA Emerging Scholars Awards
    • National Medical Fellowships- National Alumni Council Scholarship Program 
    • NMF National Alumni Council Scholarship Program 
    • NMF Scholarship in Ophthalmology
    • United Health Foundation/NMF Diverse Medical Scholars Program
    • Zimmer Biomet/NMF Orthopaedic Scholarship
    • Sallie Mae Bridging the Dream for Graduate Students scholarship

    Areas of Expertise

    WF Medical School devotes resources and infrastructure to support six focus areas of research that fit with the institution’s strengths as well as the region’s needs.

  • Cancer
  • Neurosciences/Neurology
  • Aging/Alzheimer’s
  • Diabetes/Obesity/Metabolism
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • WF School of Medicine has an obligation as a learning health system to link science to clinical care. The creation of translational catalysts that allow the students to learn from every patient interaction and incorporate research into clinical care and health has been an important step in  he transformation.

  • Implementation Science
  • Health Care Innovation
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Population Health
  • Precision Medicine
  • Clinical and Translational Science Institute
    • Anti-Harassment Policy

      The Wake Forest School of Medicine is committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory educational and work environment. Discrimination or harassment based on sex, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability of any employee or student will not be tolerated. Individuals found to be in breach of this policy are subject to disciplinary action.


      Anyone who believes he or she has been harassed, observed or subjected to a violation of this Policy should report the matter promptly by following this Policy. Staff members should report harassment to their supervisor, or the Director of Employee Relations, or the Vice President of Human Resources. Members of the staff, the senior associate, will report abuse to their chairs. Students may report misconduct to their respective program manager or the school dean. Any member of management who receives a complaint or observes conduct which may constitute a breach of this Policy shall notify the Vice President of Human Resources or the Director of Employee Relations or, where the students are involved, the appropriate mentor of their house. Section 504/ADA Administrator of the institute must oversee the review and settlement of allegations alleging discrimination based on an individual’s disability. The complaints will be very carefully viewed and strict action will be taken by the administration.

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