About the Department of Internal Medicine
The Department of Internal Medicine strives to achieve excellence in its mission of research, teaching and patient care.
We are committed to our academic mission of national and regional leadership as a learning health care system by creating new knowledge in the field of internal medicine and integrating that new knowledge into the provision of outstanding clinical care for our patients and exceptional medical education for our residents.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center offers unique opportunities for broadening the training experience of our residents through some of the most modern and up-to-date teaching, research and clinical facilities available.
Our residency training program's primary mission is to provide an educational environment conducive to the preparation for a lifetime of professional growth through study, problem solving and development of the critical thinking skill set necessary for the highest quality of patient care within the practice of internal medicine. The fulfillment of our educational mission requires the provision of exemplary clinical services and over the past two decades, both the Department of Internal Medicine and the Medical Center have advanced to the top tier of American academic medical institutions.
For example, in 2015, the Department of Internal Medicine was recognized as being among the nation's top programs by U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals survey.
The Department of Internal Medicine is nationally ranked in Cancer (#17), Nephrology (#18), Gastroenterology (#37) and Pulmonology (#37). The Department also received high performance recognition in Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Geriatrics - Gynecology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Urology.
The Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest prepares trainees for leadership in an ever-changing health care system through our deep commitment to:
- Creating an academic environment that embraces a culture of diversity
- A passion for training the next generation of academic physicians, physician-scientists and leaders
- Translating laboratory findings to cutting-edge clinical care
- Helping each physician trainee, along with our faculty, grow personally and professionally with a culture dedicated to integrity, respect and community service
The cornerstone of this program is teaching at a level of excellence which fosters excitement and enthusiasm. Our faculty is a multidisciplinary and multidimensional group. Each faculty member is active in clinical practice and teaching, and many are nationally and internationally recognized for research and discovery in their field. We also recognize our faculty for institutional, national, and educational pursuits.
Because the Department of Internal Medicine Residency operates on the principle of multiple responsibilities, an environment is created where the resident in internal medicine can experience the entire spectrum of internal medicine while becoming highly competent in the skills and judgment required of the general internist. Our program also provides the opportunity for developing a mentored research focus, training in an environment optimized for expertise in primary care internal medicine, as well as balanced exposure to all of the subspecialties within Internal Medicine.
Our faculty members are deeply committed to the education of our house officers in Internal Medicine and are easily accessible to them through involvement in their day-to-day educational activities. The house staff at this institution is characterized not only by high academic achievement, but by their collective enthusiasm and mutual support.