The Family Medicine Residency program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is a dynamic group of medical professionals dedicated to excellence in education, clinical care and research. Our program offers a balanced curriculum of both ambulatory and hospital based experiences that combine the best of both community and academic medical training. 

Our core aim is to recognize the individual needs, goals, and learning styles of each resident and foster a supportive environment in order to training family physicians who: 

  • Provide comprehensive, compassionate, continuous, and evidenced based patient care for individuals, families, and communities from birth through the end of life 
  • Can skillfully manage both acute and chronic conditions in a variety of clinical settings ranging from ambulatory to inpatient 
  • Respond to the needs of underserved and at-risk populations 
  • Value collaboration, teamwork, and continuous learning 
  • Serve as leaders in their communities whether they be urban, suburban, rural, or abroad   
  • Can adapt to the changing landscape of medicine and respond to challenges and uncertainty with humility, thoughtful innovation, purpose, and grit 
  • Value scholarly activity and can utilize these tools to improve patient care

We seek to recruit and retain highly qualified residents that reflect the diverse population of NC and the region and invite you to learn more about or program!

“The department of Family and Community Medicine is committed to training future Family Physicians. To accomplish this goal, we have developed multiple clinical sites committed to the health and welfare of Winston Salem and its surrounding communities. The faculty and staff are compassionate teachers who are critically woven into teaching at many levels across our institution, from new student learners, to fellowship training and continuing medical education. Our extensive clinical activities, our research program, and all of the educational activities support our primary mission of providing the leaders in Family Medicine for years to come.“

Mark Knudson, MD, MSPH, Program Director



Why Train at Wake Forest?

Managed care, changes in health care finance, rapid advances in technology and enhanced variation in patient's expectations of care have altered what is needed to be an excellent family physician. The changes occurring in medicine no longer allow a program to rest on a past history of excellence. At Wake Forest, we are dedicated to training physicians who will have mastered the current state-of-the-art of family medicine but also have learned to adapt to the future advances that will inevitably come.

The Wake Forest Family Medicine residency is a medical home for our patients and the educational home for our residents. Since 1978, Wake Forest Family Medicine Residency Training Program has had 427 graduates. We are proud to say that 58% of our graduates have chosen to live and practice in communities across North Carolina while others have scattered across the U.S. finding unique and interesting paths to contribute to medical care.