Wake Forest University School of Medicine is home to more than 100 accredited and non-accredited residencies and fellowships that are designed to develop trainees’ clinical skills and interests while also achieving their long-term career goals.

Each year, over 700 resident physicians and fellows train at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center and tertiary care academic medical center with high-performing graduate medical education programs across the institution.

Wake Forest Baptist consists of 800+ beds and is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, a medium-sized city where many residents live within walking distance of the hospital. In addition to its main location, Wake Forest Baptist has five community hospitals and 300+ primary and specialty care locations across northwest North Carolina.

To help promote wellness, all residents and fellows are provided with complimentary gym memberships and on-call meal stipends. Trainees also are provided with two to three weeks of paid vacation and paid- time-off during the winter holidays. Complimentary parking and designated lounge and work areas are also provided to residents and fellows.

Mitch Sokolosky, MD. “Our graduate medical education mission at Wake Forest Baptist is to prepare clinician’s in a supportive academic, learning and working environment that will improve the health of all they serve, advance the field of medicine and become leaders of tomorrow’s teams.” – Mitch Sokolosky, MD, associate dean of graduate medical education and associate professor of emergency medicine

Various leadership, advocacy and community outreach opportunities are available to trainees including: graduate medical education membership, resident council membership and local program and department activities.

Each individual program offers unique mentorship opportunities. Institutionally, underrepresented minorities (URM) are offered formal mentoring options for programs such as the Kennedy-Hopkins Scholar program. This program is designed specifically to help URM navigate and thrive in their medical training by pairing them with a self-selected faculty mentor. These mentors provide advice and guidance aimed at strengthening the support systems for URM residents and fellows.

Resident physicians and fellows can also participate in research and even find a lab focused on their particular interest. With nine research centers funded by the National Institutes of Health, over 3,500 research projects and more than $319 million in research funding, there are extensive research possibilities for trainees.

Winston-Salem – the City of Arts and Innovation – is home to vibrant and diverse people, including artists, educators, medical professionals, entrepreneurs and innovators of all kinds. This area offers big city amenities with a small town feel. Learn more about what residents and fellows can gain from their time training at Wake Forest Baptist.