Students and researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine are not tied to a single building or laboratory; they are constantly learning and collaborating, wherever they are. And with distance-learning technology, those opportunities will continue to expand. Most of their time, however, will be spent in our three main geographic campuses.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest Baptist, one of the nation’s preeminent academic medical centers, is an integrated system that operates 1,004 acute care, rehabilitation and psychiatric care beds, outpatient services, and community health and information centers. The Winston-Salem Campus is located at Medical Center Boulevard in Winston-Salem, NC.
Services located at the Winston-Salem Campus:
Class in the City's Center: Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is one of the fastest-growing urban-based innovation districts in the United States and is home to Wake Forest School of Medicine's state-of-the-art facilities. With more than 90 companies, it serves as a hub for research, business and education in biomedical science, information technology, digital media, clinical services and growing number of amenities such as salons, bars, restaurants, a cycle shop and a sundry mercantile.
This robust knowledge community is also known for its focus on culture and wellness. From pop-up dance performances, free outdoor yoga, lively concerts and cinema under the stars, you'll discover a full calendar of events. Foodies can dine on tapas, Napolitano pizza or Southern-inspired dishes within the local food scene along with a rotating schedule of food trucks that park at the Innovation Quarter's prime spot to hang out: Bailey Park. A 1.6-acre green space with a stage and patio, Bailey Park is one of the city's epicenters for cultural activities. In addition to its regular programming, the park hosts large-scale events throughout the year, including the Winston-Salem Cycling Classic, the Gears & Guitars music festival and a local Juneteenth celebration.
If you like to get outside, Bailey Park isn't your only option. Long Branch Trail, a 1.7-mile greenway runs past the back entrance of the Bowman Gray center. After class, hop on a bike or slip on your running shoes to get a unique view of the city's skyline or connect to the city's larger greenway system for a 20-mile loop around Salem Lake and back.
The Innovation Quarter is also rapidly becoming a hub of entrepreneurship with varied programming such as Venture Café Winston-Salem, a cultural engine for driving local innovation and entrepreneurship. Get in on Venture Café's weekly Thursday Gatherings, an intentional space for students, CEOS, artists, scientists and other professionals to build community and inspire entrepreneurial action.
Downtown Health Plaza
Lipid Sciences Research
Physicians and Community
Wake Forest Innovations
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Atrium Health received the needed accreditation approval and notification to proceed with phased plans to open an instructional site in Charlotte, and students in years three and four of the medical school curriculum are now able to have clinical rotations at Atrium Health locations in Charlotte, allowing us to bring our nationally ranked education and research programs to students and expand our ability to train the best medical providers for the communities we serve.
A 20-acre site in midtown Charlotte, at the current corner of South McDowell Street and Baxter Street, adjacent to US-277, has been selected for the campus and a groundbreaking is expected in the first quarter of 2023. Wake Forest University School of Medicine anticipates the initial class of first-year medical students in Charlotte will begin their education in 2024.
The Clarkson Campus is approximately ten miles from the main campus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The campus was named in honor of Thomas B Clarkson Jr to recognize his accomplishments during his 58-year career at Wake Forest School of Medicine. The primary activities at the Clarkson Campus are research and training. The Campus has been home to the faculty of the Section on Comparative Medicine since the mid-1960s and researchers from a variety of departments and centers also use the Clarkson Campus, including:
Preclinical Translational Services