Program Personnel


High Kevin PThe Internal Medicine training program at Wake Forest School of Medicine is the signature educational component of the Department of Internal Medicine. We are dedicated to excellent teaching in the context of state-of-the-art, compassionate, patient-centered care. The fulfillment of our educational mission requires the provision of exemplary clinical services.  In the last two decades, both the Department and the Medical Center have advanced to the very first rank of American academic medical institutions. Of the 12 areas of excellence at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC), 7 have a major focus in the Department (Nephrology, Cancer, Geriatrics, Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Diabetes/Endocrinology, and Cardiology/Heart Surgery).

Our ideal is to provide a nurturing environment that emphasizes a life-long learning and high quality patient care.  Learning Internal Medicine requires an understanding of basic mechanisms involved in disease processes, and both a fundamental and clinical understanding of their treatment. Our training program emphasizes the application of evidence-based principles, the doctor-patient relationship, humanism, and professionalism in the practice of medicine. These ideals are cultivated by a dedicated and talented faculty of physicians and investigators, a vital and progressive academic community, superb multidisciplinary research opportunities, and a rich clinical environment with a tradition of exceptional quality in patient care. Our program provides the opportunity for training in ambulatory and complex inpatient case management and is fully accredited by the ACGME/RRC-IM, as well as all of its subspecialties.  In addition to a traditional internal medicine track and a primary care pathway, we also offer a specific research career development program, the ABIM Research Pathway. Internal Medicine residents who have already had some research training or experience may apply to enter the Internal Medicine Resident Research Pathway that provides an intensive research experience for promising future academic physician-scientists and patient-centered clinical investigators, and bridges two years of training in Internal Medicine with training in an Internal Medicine Subspecialty  Mentored research opportunities are made available to interested residents and fellows from a substantive menu of research projects through the Tinsley R. Harrison Translational Research Training Program. Residents accepted into this program will receive a contiguous period of instruction and practical experience in either basic or patient-centered investigation in a resource-rich and mentored environment away from the demands of patient care and other clinical obligations. 

Our faculty members are deeply committed to the education of Residents in Internal Medicine and are accessible through involvement in day-to-day educational activities. The teaching hospitals and ambulatory clinics affiliated with WFBMC provide our residents with a large and diverse patient population, stimulating and unique training experiences, and the opportunity to apply new advances in Internal Medicine to their clinical experience and training. The location of this program within WFBMC offers unique opportunities for broadening the training experience of our residents through the excellent facilities of the medical center.  This combination of resources is ideal for the physician in training in Internal Medicine. Our training program evolves continuously to integrate new knowledge and technology and to respond to the educational needs of our trainees and the changing health care needs of our patients.

Kevin P. High, MD, MS
Interim Chair, Department of Internal Medicine

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Internal Medicine Residency
Betsy Burkleo
Residency Coordinator

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