Class of 2020 Makes History at Wake Forest School of Medicine
Class has the Highest Number of Female Medical Students
N.C. – Aug. 11, 2016 – They may not have realized it, but when the entering class of Wake Forest
School of Medicine students arrived at Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education the
end of July, they made school history. The number of female students in this
year’s class is the largest number ever admitted to the School.
The Class of 2020 is the largest class in the School’s
history at 129 students; 69 of them are women. This is not the first time the
number of female students outnumbered the males. That first happened in 2013;
there have been two years in which the classes were evenly split between men
and women, first in 2004 and later in 2009.
“When I entered Wake Forest
School of Medicine in 1978, I was one of only 12 female students,” said Brenda
Latham-Sadler, M.D., associate dean, student inclusion and diversity. “This
year’s class of 69 women is the most female students we’ve ever had in
one class. It shows just how much has
changed in those years with the perception, interest and acceptance of women in
There is further diversity among this year’s class.
Of the 129 students: 33 percent are from North Carolina;
67 percent are from out of state; 19 percent are minority students considered underrepresented
in medicine; and all come with expertise in different undergraduate and
graduate majors, representing 47 different areas of study from Africana Studies
More than 20 percent of this year’s class is proficient
or fluent in Spanish and 19 different languages other than English are spoken
among this year’s students.
“We pride ourselves on the wide representative make up of
our class of medical students,” said Edward Abraham, M.D.,
Wake Forest School of Medicine Dean. “We believe the wealth of backgrounds our
students bring will make them and their classmates better practitioners because
they mirror our community and our patients. We are off to a great start.”8/11/2016http://www.wakehealth.edu/News-Releases/2016/Class_of_2020_Makes_History_at_Wake_Forest_School_of_Medicine.htm
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