Chief Residents Welcome


Dear prospective resident applicants,

Welcome to the Pathology Residency Training Program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our program. We are a mid-sized program with comprehensive Anatomical and Clinical Pathology rotations. Our excellent volume and diversity of specimens, combined with our structured comprehensive didactic schedule, contribute not only to our excellent board pass rates, but also provide extensive preparation for future independent practice across settings ranging from private to academic. In testament to the quality of training available here at Wake Forest, every graduate of our program has attained a fellowship or gainful employment in their desired areas, with many choosing to stay at Wake Forest.

Our faculty have an open-door policy, are committed to resident education, and consistently involve residents in their academic exploits, often leading to presentations at national meetings and publications in impactful journals. Our formal mentorship program pairs a resident with a faculty member to help them gain the most from their education and to reach their career goals.

Winston-Salem is a fantastic place to live. This medium-sized city strikes the perfect balance of having everything you could need while also feeling like a small town, with something for everyone to enjoy in the city and nearby communities. Beautiful trails around mountains and lakes to hike and bike, diverse restaurants and bars to enjoy, live music venues, sporting events, museums, parks, and excellent schools for children. We are 30-40 minutes away from Pilot Mountain and Hanging Rock state parks, and only a short distance away from the Great Smoky Mountains, the beach, Charlotte, Atlanta, and Charleston. It is an affordable city to live in, with many residents able to purchase houses with an average commute of 15 min.

As for resident life, we are a diverse group of residents, who genuinely enjoy working with each other. We have a monthly social event at a local brewery called “Path on tap,” where we meet informally with faculty and discuss topics in medicine. We also have monthly resident wellness lunch meetings to learn about wellness topics, like meditation, or partake in wellness activities, such as a yoga class. There are also annual social events including a Fourth of July barbecue and our end-of-year graduation party.

In summary: we are a mid-size AP and CP program located in a beautiful and affordable city that prepares you for your future endeavors.


Martin Vander Burks IV, MD and Heath Tayton Blankenship, MD

Chief residents: 2022-2023