As a resident of our internal medicine program, you will interact with a diverse patient population and learn from our numerous faculty, who encompass the spectrum of subspecialities. One of the best ways to learn about a program is hearing from the people who live and work in it every day.
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Tinsley R. Harrison Professor and Chair
It is an honor to welcome you to the Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The Department, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, enjoys a rich heritage. Our founding chair, Tinsley Harrison, MD was an icon in American medicine. His prescient vision for excellence in the core missions of academic medicine – teaching, patient care, and research – is deeply woven into the fabric of all that we do and serves as an inspiration for our medical students, residents and fellows.
I am particularly proud of our residency program and clerkships, which emphasizes core clinical problem solving skills and prepare learners for lifetime learning and professional growth. The cornerstone of our educational programs is a commitment to teaching excellence among our faculty, who consistently win institutional and national teaching awards. Our programs provide trainees with exposure to the entire spectrum of subspecialties, while becoming highly competent in the skills and judgment required of the general internist. In many ways, our educational programs are the glue that bind faculty and staff across their diverse professional interests and that creates a strong sense of family.
Our faculty also conduct groundbreaking research to elucidate the mechanisms of disease, to translate these findings to novel treatments, and to develop innovative healthcare delivery models to improve patients’ health and wellbeing. Many of our faculty have led large national trials that have defined our current treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many types of cancer.
The Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest is firmly committed to preparing trainees to thrive in a changing health care landscape and to shaping that landscape in ways that promote patient-centered high value care. Perhaps most importantly, the Department is committed to fostering an academic environment that embraces diversity, eliminates healthcare disparities, and treats patients with the utmost respect and dignity.
I encourage your to explore our website and to know our faculty, trainees, and staff and the resources that are aligned to support each of our missions.
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Welcome to the Wake Forest School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program website! Our program is fortunate to be at the heart of a cutting-edge academic medical center known for its focus on high-quality patient care, translational research and educational innovations. We take pride in providing a supportive environment for residents to grow and mature into physicians capable of pursuing any career pathway in internal medicine. Our graduating residents are truly “pluripotent” – capable of serving as outstanding general internists and fully prepared for all types of subspecialty training.
At Wake Forest, we have a long tradition of excellent training in the core clinical skills of internal medicine where history, physical examination and clinical reasoning are taught by some of the best role models and educators in medicine. In addition to fostering a solid foundation in these core skills, we recognize that modern training in internal medicine must prepare residents to be lifelong learners and critical reviewers of an ever-expanding scientific knowledge base, to function productively within healthcare teams and new models of care delivery, and to serve as the next generation of leaders to improve quality of care in medicine. These training priorities have led us to embrace a variety of innovative teaching strategies, including our Learning Health Systems seminars, clinical experiences within a patient-centered medical home and interdisciplinary teams, and faculty-mentored quality improvement projects. Adding to this rich curriculum of experiences, each resident is paired with a faculty mentor to advance personal career goals and interests.
I would like to highlight a few of the outstanding features that make our medical center an ideal training environment. Wake Forest not only provides a significant proportion of primary care for individuals living in the Winston-Salem area, but we also serve as the main tertiary care referral center for western North Carolina and surrounding states in our region. Thus, we have a well-balanced mix of patients and clinical problems in general and subspecialty internal medicine. We also enjoy a rich academic environment with multiple opportunities for research and scholarship in all areas of medicine. Our nationally recognized residency research curriculum promotes scholarship for all residents and provides mentorship through the Tinsley Harrison Research Pathway to those who are considering academic research as a part of their careers. In addition, residents may also take advantage of the Clinical Scholars in Informatics or Medical Education pathways to foster development of other complementary skills. These features are integral reasons that our graduates are highly desirable candidates for clinical practice, academic medicine and subspecialty fellowships.
I am excited about the future of internal medicine, and it gives me great satisfaction to be a part of the training of the next generation of internal medicine physicians. If you are seeking an innovative program focused on your success, I invite you to learn more about the Wake Forest School of Medicine Internal Medicine Residency Program.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Primary Care Residency and Ambulatory Education
Associate Program Director
The field of internal medicine is unique in that it offers so many opportunities and possibilities for career fulfillment. As our country is in the process of re-evaluating health care and re-thinking primary care, it is evident that we are in need of well-trained general internists. Primary Care has long been a deeply rewarding career because of a combination of acute undiagnosed disease, complex multi-system disease, preventive care and long-standing relationships with patients. The Primary Care Track is designed to produce physicians with strong clinical skills, and advanced knowledge of internal medicine. Our graduates are well-equipped to become leaders in community medicine, academic medicine, hospital medicine, and subspecialty medicine. I look forward to assisting you as you enter this next exciting phase of your career.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director
After training at the University of Pennsylvania and then Vanderbilt University for fellowship, I was excited to join the Wake Forest University program to pursue a career in academic cardiology. The cutting-edge subspecialty medicine and clear commitment to personalized patient care housed in a collaborative and collegial academic medical center drew me here after training. The opportunity to work with an energetic and driven group of house officers attracted me to the residency leadership team.
At Wake Forest, our first goal is to train thoughtful and dedicated internists who are critically aware of the relevant literature and able to apply that evidence to best take care of their patients. This training is accomplished on general medicine services and bolstered through rich exposure to numerous subspecialty rotations. We take pride in this solid internal medicine training, but we are also excited that many of our residents choose to continue their training through fellowships. We are committed to supporting this academic transition through pointed mentorship and collaborative research opportunities. Rounding out this balanced internal medicine training, we have built curricular opportunities that we value and that foster a diverse set of interests. All residents will gain exposure to and directly participate in quality improvement projects on both the individual and departmental level. Moreover, diverse training pathways and programmatic opportunities can give residents career-oriented exposure to hospital medicine, primary care, informatics, global health and medical education.
We are proud of the diverse and comprehensive training offered by Wake Forest Internal Medicine, and we are excited to attract residents with a strong interest in academic medicine. We look forward to working with motivated house officers to craft the residency training that best suits their unique career goals.
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Program Director
The most important aspects my life are my family and my career. After completing my residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2007, I spent the next 10 years building my career in medical education while moving throughout the country to meet the needs of my family. Opportunities for career growth in a family-friendly atmosphere within a large university setting brought my family here to Winston-Salem in 2017. I have learned many things during my decade as an Associate Program Director, including what a privilege it is to support residents during the most formative years of their careers. During these years of residency, you will meet patients who inspire you, attendings who introduce you to the career of your dreams, and colleagues who support each other unconditionally. Here at Wake Forest, we provide unparalleled mentorship and guidance to promote your personal and professional growth as you build your career.
I am most excited to lead our Medical Education Pathway, which targets residents who are considering careers in medical education. Additional pathways in research, clinical informatics, and hospitalist and primary care medicine add to the various opportunities for individual growth outside of the excellent clinical education you receive. Our wellness programs, including those sponsored by our Women in Medicine interest group and our wellness committee ensure that you are supported by your residency family throughout your training. We look forward to welcoming you to your new home here at Wake Forest.