Frequently asked questions

Is the Wake Forest family medicine residency program strictly a university-based training experience?

The short answer is no. We are more accurately described as a hybrid program, bridging both university and community settings. With the decision in 1992 to move to a nearby, but off-campus location, we positioned ourselves to achieve the “best of both worlds.” The first year training experience is heavily weighted to intensive hospital and more university-based training, while the second and third years are primarily  community and office-based with a liberal dose of elective time. The move off-campus has made the Family Practice Center a much more approachable, community-oriented primary care resource.

What is the department's commitment to information technology advancement and the electronic medical record? 

The university has been a long term proponent of electronic medical record(EMR) systems and information technology. Originally, our department was an early adopter of the Logician/Centricity EMR starting in 2004. In the fall of 2012, our system adopted a fully integrated outpatient and inpatient EMR system called EPIC or WakeOne.

Hospital and outpatient records can be accessed remotely on multiple home and mobile platforms supplementing the health care information retrieval process. Multiple computer terminal are available throughout the clinical, administrative, and residency areas for house officer use.  PowerPoint presentations along with Smart Board touch screen technology and plasma screens are available to support educational programs and faculty/resident presentations. The entire department is served by secure Wi-Fi access points for seamless connectivity.  

How are residents evaluated?

Standardized evaluation tools are utilized for departmental and off- campus rotations and are performed by faculty supervising those experiences. Residents, each fall, complete the AAFP family practice in- service examination for which we consistently perform in the upper quartiles. The assigned faculty advisors review with each resident their individual progress, and over see self-directed components of the practice management curriculum, at least on a quarterly basis. Faculty clinic precepting feedback is included in the residents file on a regular basis and copies are forwarded to the residents for review and discussion. The full faculty meets quarterly to review resident progress and provide feedback on areas of strength and weakness. A summary of this review is provided to each resident. 

What does the residency curriculum offer in the ever changing arena of practice management (PM)? 

Our PM curriculum continues to evolve and incorporate current trends and thinking related to improvements in delivering patient care. Our faculty work with the I³ Collaborative to advance the understanding and application of Patient Centered Medical Home practices. As a capstone experience to the longitudinal curriculum, third year residents develop Quality Improvement projects that utilize newly acquired principles.

What is the status of relations with other university departments?

The Family and Community Medicine Department has been in existence for 35 years at Wake Forest School of Medicine and had evolved side-by-side with those specialty areas in a thriving medical center which continues a pattern of growth and expansion. In view of this combined history, there has been a collegial atmosphere of mutual respect developed between the primary care fields and the other specialty areas that extends from clinical research to medical student and residency training. We work collaboratively with the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine and Psychiatry in providing training experiences for their residents in our Family Medicine Center.

A thirty minute Morning Report occurs five times a week and is one of our most beneficial teaching and learning opportunities. Both faculty and residents present case-based topics that generate robust discussions.

What is the future vision for the Wake Forest University Medical Center?

Wake Forest School of Medicine has recently embarked on an exciting clinical and academic 10-year strategic plan for excellence. This transformational journey has already begun and implementation is generating a lot of energy and enthusiasm. Updates on the strategic plan and news from the medical center can be found at  

Last Updated: 01-23-2013
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