In 1834 the Wake Forest Institute opened, and became a
university in 1967. The Bowman Gray School of
Medicine originally opened in 1902 as the Wake Forest
Medical School. It was renamed the School of Medical
until 1941, when it was moved from Wake County to
Winston-Salem as a 4-year medical school in association with the North Carolina Baptist Hospitals, Inc., and
named Bowman Grey School of Medicine, which now
constitutes the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical
Center. In 1997 the medical school was renamed Wake
Forest University School of Medicine.
4-year modern. The medical student education program is aimed at achieving 9 specific goals, namely,
self-directed learning and stimulating the desire for
life-long learning, securing a science core biomedical
knowledge, as well as gaining proficiency in clinical
skills, problem solving, clinical reasoning skills, interviewing and communication skills, information
management skills, and professional behavior and attitudes. Students master the basic and clinical medical
sciences in an integrated manner throughout the entire
program. They utilize small-group, problem-based
learning and other educational methods. This approach
involves close integration through a computer network.
Early community exposure and attention to population
healthcare are distinguishing features of the program.
Professionalism issues are considered at all phases to
provide prospective physicians with a better understanding of their role in society.
Minority admissions: A recruitment program is sponsored by the school through its Office of Minority
Affairs. It provides a summer enrichment program for
accepted students prior to matriculation. Also, there is
a tuition-free postbaccalaureate program throughWake
Forest University for students who have not achieved
admission to medical school. Other degree programs:
MD-MBA and MD-PhD are offered.
The basic premedical courses are required. English and
history are strongly recommended. Completion of 90
semester hours is necessary, but 120 are advised.Atotal
of 108 students enter annually. Admission is without
regard to race, creed, sex, religion, age, physical handicap, marital status, or national origin. Transfer and
advanced standing: Transfer to third-year class is
dependent upon vacancies.
Grading is on a 0 to 3 scale. Students are provided with
progress evaluations at the end of each course or rotation. The Promotion Committee meets regularly to
evaluate student performance and make evaluations.
Students must record total passing scores on Step 1 of
the USMLE for promotion and on Step 2 for graduation.
Teaching: Much of the basic science instruction
takes place in the renovated James A. Gray Building
and Hanes Research Building. The main teaching
hospital is the North Carolina Baptist Hospital (880
beds). Other: Affiliated institutions include Forsyth
Memorial Hospital (896 beds), and the Northwest
Area Health Education Center. Library: The Coy C.
Carpenter Library contains more than 150,000 volumes
including approximately 2300 medical and scientific
journals. It has on-line access to various computerized
bibliographic services. Housing: The school maintains
no housing facilities, but apartments, rooms, and
houses are available in the surrounding residential area.