Welcome to the Medical Student Education section within the Department of Family and Community Medicine. We are proud of the commitment of our clinical faculty and residents and the department’s successful teaching of the medical students at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Our faculty members are involved in higher levels of medical school administration and in teaching the first-and second-year courses. These courses introduce clinical skills, the doctor–patient relationship, physical exam and diagnosis, community health experiences, and health care systems to the students in their basic science years (the first two years of medical school).
Once the students reach their third year, all rotate through the department in groups of 10-12. Our department is among the few receiving national funding for a Pre-doctoral Training grant, allowing us to expand our curriculum and enhance our student's learning about health literacy, patient communication and chronic disease. Our curriculum provides a variety of experiences, including outpatient standardized patient encounters. Although students spend most of their time in our clinic alongside our faculty and residents, they are typically exposed to community practices and free clinics during their month-long clerkship. We are grateful for the area family physicians who give their time to teaching medical students. During a student’s 4th year, we offer electives within our department’s clinic and hospital service, Sports Medicine, and we facilitate all community electives and special community electives. Thank you for visiting our website.
Scott Harper, MD
Director of Medical Student Education