Michael LeCompte, Class of 2020
I grew up in Greensboro, NC, just down the road from Wake Forest University. For my undergraduate education, I received a degree in biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC, I discovered an appreciation for research; I found it exciting that one could use tools and knowledge that were widely available and translate those into a new discovery.
That is my pathway to medicine, but why Wake Forest? Growing up here, I saw how much the community admired Wake Forest physicians. They were regarded as not only being knowledgeable but were always kind and eager to care for their patients. In graduate school, I recognized that the professors and physicians were also enthusiastic to facilitate learning opportunities whether in the classroom, through research, or in clinic. I came to Wake Forest because I knew I would be supported in pursuing my research interests. I have been able to stay very active in my community and challenge myself academically because of the incredible support and mentorship I have been offered.
During my time at Wake Forest, I have been able to help start a mentoring program within the community, work at health fairs, help build health advocacy programs on the undergraduate campus, contribute to several research projects, and present at multiple national medical conferences, to name a few things. Each step along the way, there were both fellow students and faculty who were ready to assist in any way possible.
I hope to see you at Wake Forest! It is an excellent institution to learn, with support from people who will help you realize your passion and flourish once you do.
Kayla Felix, Class of 2021
I have a phenomenal faculty mentor, accessible academic and emotional support, an abundance of research opportunities, and intelligent, down-to-earth classmates.
To me, the environment around you is one of the greatest contributors to success-- and the environment at Wake is unmatched.
Stan Green, Class of 2022
The faculty were genuinely interested in the success of the students, the students were happy, and the administrators seemed dedicated towards making our experience the best it can be.
Rob Glover, Class of 2023
When I showed up to Wake Forest on interview day, the students I met were dynamic and they engaged thoughtfully on difficult subjects many applicants have about medical school, such as work-life balance and coping with mental stressors in medical school. The school is highly oriented around an open dialogue with its students, both prospective and current. I also experienced openness unlike anything else on the interview trail. I walked into my interview day and was greeted by a professor, Dr. Hu (she rocks, please meet her during your interview day), who chatted with us for nearly an hour.
The goal of WFSOM is to create wonderful doctors and the way that happens is through a community of support and passion, where you are encouraged to chase down your dreams in whatever capacity they might look like. The school provides the resources and guidance to build the future generation of doctors who are equipped to solve modern problems and yet deft enough to navigate any realm of healthcare that currently does or will exist within our careers.
If you are coming for an interview, don't be a stranger and say hello—I'd love to welcome you to this place many of us are blessed to call home!