Dean's Welcome Message

Dr. Julie Freischlag, Dean, explains how the transformation of a former tobacco manufacturing plant coincides with Wake Forest School of Medicine introducing one of the most advanced medical school curricula in the country..


Wake Forest School of Medicine directs the education of nearly 1,900 students and fellows, including physicians, basic scientists and allied clinical professionals. The School of Medicine also strategically investigates opportunities that will expand basic and clinical research, resulting in nationally and internationally recognized excellence in biomedical research. The School of Medicine seeks to leverage its current areas of strength and focus to improve integration of its research programs and to maximize multidisciplinary and translational approaches.

The School of Medicine is among the top U.S. academic medical centers in total funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the 2014 fiscal year, the school was awarded $193.4 million in research funding from federal and state agencies, industry and other sources.

The School of Medicine curriculum, developed by faculty, aims to cultivate physicians who:

  • Set the standards for compassionate, collaborative care.
  • Lead the way in socially responsible health care and biomedical sciences locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Engage in lifelong learning, discovery and application of innovative knowledge technology and skills in medicine.

The School of Medicine is committed to excellence in primary care, with students experiencing patient care from their first week of medical school, as well as tertiary care, a critical component for a research and teaching hospital.



The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education is designed with the next generation of physician-leaders in mind. The building, a former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. manufacturing plant, offers students an advanced environment in which to learn. Students have access to the latest technologies and advancements including a tiered classroom, anatomy lab, clinical skills lab, and patient simulation suites.


Step inside and take a first person tour through the new building.
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The Wake Forest School of Medicine community fosters a student experience that is engaging and empowering, where students feel cared for and supported. The new Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education is designed to facilitate collaborative learning and professional development in relevant, real world contexts through simulation experiences, professional learning communities and integration of leading-edge medical education skills and techniques. Beginning with the White Coat Ceremony and ending with graduation, the Wake Forest School of Medicine experience is a unique journey that produces individuals who are prepared, balanced and ready to provide exemplary patient care as they create the healthcare system of the future.

75 Years in 75 Seconds

What has Wake Forest School of Medicine been up to the last 75 years? Take a really quick look.

History of the Medical School

Wake Forest School of Medicine has been on the leading edge of medical education, clinical innovation and discovery since day 1. It’s who we are.

Moving Bowman Gray

The man who bequeathed the funds to bring the School of Medicine to Winston-Salem makes the trip to the new campus in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

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