Kennedy-Hopkins Scholars Program

The Kennedy-Hopkins Scholars program is designed to support residents and fellows who are under-represented in medicine with education and focused mentorship. 

Alexandria Jade Sutton, MD "The Kennedy-Hopkins Scholars Mentor Program at Wake Forest has been an awesome mentoring opportunity during my time in residency. Through regular check-ins with my mentor and faculty leaders in the program, I have been given strategies to best navigate residency, tips for both personal and professional growth, as well as focused mentoring for my subspecialty interest. The program has been a huge source of support, including in pursuing research and other academic and enrichment opportunities throughout residency. I will use the lessons learned throughout my career and hope to pay it forward." - Dr. Alexandria Sutton, IM Resident

Wake Active Bystander Training

All of our residents receive Active Bystander Training. Initially piloted by one of our residents, Dr. Leila Famouri, and faculty, Dr. Denizard-Thompson, the Wake Active Bystander Training has become a standard part of our intern curriculum.  Interns learn to recognize microaggressions and incivility and strategize how to speak up and become active bystanders.  

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Dr. Leila Famouri presented her findings nationally and went on to publish her experience with the training.

Health Equity Certificate

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Our residents are fortunate to learn from Dr. Denizard Thompson, respected educator, excellent primary care physician, and Vice Chair for Faculty Development

Lead by faculty from the Department of Medicine and other departments, our residents have the opportunity to engage with this unique educational offering. 

The Health Equity Certificate Program has been designed to provide health equity education and training opportunities to medical students, graduate students, medical residents/fellows, and other providers who are part of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine system. The program focuses on experiences to gain further knowledge regarding health disparities, health policy, social determinants of health, and the care of vulnerable populations.

This training also engages participants in the planning and development of effective solutions to address health inequities presented in the curriculum.

Safe Zone Training 

Residents attend an introduction to Safe Zone in Medicine (SZIM), where they learn/review terminology and concepts such as gender identity, sexual orientation, personal pronouns, as well as key health issues for people who identify as LGBTQ+.  In a small group setting, we discuss person-centered approaches to caring for our LGBTQ+ patients and creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. 

For residents interested in more, there is an annual three-night SZIM training through Wake Forest University School of Medicine.