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Standardized Patient Program Seeks Applicants

A medical professional working with an older patient.
Lauren West-Livingston, MD ’22, PhD ’20, works with a standardized patient.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine was an early leader in developing and implementing the use of standardized patient (SP) actors as part of its medical curriculum. The use of SPs provides direct observation opportunities for education and assessment of doctor- patient interactions. These interactions also allow learners to practice collecting patient histories, conducting physical examinations, managing patients in outpatient and inpatient settings, ultrasound scanning and role-playing for difficult conversation/communication exercises.

The Center for Experiential and Applied Learning (CEAL) manages the SP program and is actively working to expand and diversify the SP population to include varying ethnicities, ages and backgrounds. SPs are paid $20 per hour for their services and are paid for training to prepare for events. Most events are held Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with some weekend opportunities. Typically, they are at the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education campus in Innovation Quarter, but some are held at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and our community hospitals.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a SP, please complete the online application at

Students Honored with 2022 Peacock-Plonk Awards

Six students have received the 2022 Peacock-Plonk Award for Outstanding Student Clinician, an award given to recipients of the highest clerkship grade of Honors in their Year 3 immersion curriculum clerkship rotations.

The Peacock-Plonk Award was established in 2017 in honor of James E. Peacock, MD, professor emeritus of infectious diseases, and George W. Plonk, MD ’73, associate professor emeritus of vascular surgery, who are widely respected for their clinical expertise, diagnostic acumen, bedside manner and humility.

Recipients included:

  • Jonathan Dowell
  • Rachel Jeffries
  • Sarah McCain
  • Hannah Mugford
  • Kelly Oechsel
  • Lena Sifen

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PA Students Earn Best Submission Notice at PAEA Event

First-year students enrolled in the Department of PA Studies at Wake Forest University School of Medicine were voted the best submission out of 32 team proposals in the Physician Assistant Education Association’s (PAEA) annual Project Access program in October 2022. They were judged on impact/sustainability, creativity, clarity of expression, originality, engagement and project plan completion.

Project Access is a national competition that encourages PA students to develop an original and engaging presentation for local high school students that highlights the profession to the underrepresented population. Project Access is aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented PAs in the profession, decreasing health disparities and helping students become competitive candidates for PA programs by preparing them early in their education. The PAEA is the only national organization representing PA educational programs.

Physician assistants attending the PA Alumni Luncheon at the NCAPA conference in August 2022.

A group photo of people at a luncheon.

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Academic Nursing

Academic Nursing Announces New Leaders

The Department of Academic Nursing recently announced the following leadership updates:

Clifford F. Gonzales, PhD, CRNA ’06, MSN, assistant professor of academic nursing, is serving as interim chair of the department. Gonzales received his master’s degree in nursing and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Richard W. Flowers Jr., DNP, CRNA, CHSE, assistant professor of academic nursing, was named director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program. Flowers received his master’s degree in nurse anesthesia at Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia and his doctor of nursing practice degree from the Baylor College of Medicine Nurse Anesthesia Program.

C. Tinisha Lambeth, DNP, NNP, assistant professor of academic nursing, was named director of the Post-Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Lambeth received her doctor of nursing practice and master’s in nursing degrees from Duke University School of Nursing.

Elena N. Meadows, DNP ’20, CRNA ’09, MSN, was named didactic director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program. In addition to her degrees from the School of Medicine, she received her master’s in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Graduate School

School, WFIRM Partner for New Master’s Degree Program

Two medical professionals wearing face masks and medical gowns working with medical equipment.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, in collaboration with regenerative medicine experts at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), has established a new master’s degree program to prepare STEM professionals and business leaders for the regenerative medicine field. The Translational Biotechnology MS Program features pathways in research and business and prepares graduates to lead the movement of novel therapies from the laboratory into the clinic.

The science/research-focused pathway is for students with a four-year undergraduate degree in the biomedical sciences who are primarily interested in research. Students will pursue a research project culminating in a written thesis and defense. The business-focused pathway is for professionals in their field (scientists or nonscientists) who want to gain knowledge about starting or leading companies engaged in biotechnology while remaining employed. Students will complete a capstone project geared toward their area of interest.

Both pathways require an externship (either local or virtual) with a biotech partner organization. A certificate in translational biotechnology is also offered, consisting of 15 credit hours of didactic course work tailored to the student’s needs.

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Great 100 Honors Nine Nurses

Headshots of 7 nurses all smiling at the camera.
From top left: Kayla Atkinson, BSN, RN; Amanda Goodin-Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNOR; Eden Hair, BSN, RN, CPHON; Angel Mitchell, MSN; Nancy Smith, BSN, RN, CPON; Sandy Tysinger, MSN, RN, PCCN; and Jessica Whisenhunt, BSN, RN. Not pictured: Valerie Bitterman, ADN, RN, and Amy Marie Stehle, BSN, RN, PCCN, WTA-C.

Nine Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist nurses have been chosen as North Carolina Great 100 Nurses of 2022. Great 100 Inc. recognizes and honors registered nurses in North Carolina for their commitment to excellence and to promote a positive image of the nursing profession. The Great 100 also includes a scholarship program to support nursing education.

Nurses recognized:

  • Kayla Atkinson, BSN, RN
    Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital
  • Valerie Bitterman, ADN, RN
    Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
  • Amanda Goodin-Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNOR
    Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
  • Eden Hair, BSN, RN, CPHON
    Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital
  • Angel Mitchell, MSN
    Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital
  • Nancy Smith, BSN, RN, CPON
    Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Brenner Children’s Hospital
  • Amy Marie Stehle, BSN, RN, PCCN, WTA-C
    Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist High Point Medical Center
  • Sandy Tysinger, MSN, RN, PCCN
    Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
  • Jessica Whisenhunt, BSN, RN
    Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist High Point Medical Center

Nominations are scored based on how the nominee promotes and advances the profession of nursing in their practice setting and/or community; demonstrates integrity, honesty and accountability; displays commitment to patients, families and colleagues; demonstrates caring and assists others to grow and develop; radiates energy and enthusiasm; and contributes to overall outcomes in their practice setting.

Class of ’62 Marks 60th Reunion

A group of women at a 60th class reunion.
The RN Class of 1962 celebrated its 60th reunion on Aug. 20, 2022, with a gathering in Winston-Salem, N.C. Photo taken by Judith Rice Owen, RN. Seated, left to right: Bettie Jean Williams Hayes, RN; Kay Beattie Justice, RN; Ruth Swann Askins, RN Class of 1946; Linda McIntyre Sides, RN; Mary Pulliam Matthews, RN; and Dotty Moore Clowdus, RN. Standing, left to right: Rebecca Woody Faircloth, RN; Zelda Lawing Curtis, RN; Martha Shoaf, RN; Joyce Osborne D’Lauro, RN; Peggy Jane Pritchett Davis, RN; Brenda Ligon Robinson, RN; and Kay Stewart Colter, RN.

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