My role as Vice Chair for Education provides exciting opportunities to further strengthen the Department's educational mission and promote innovative approaches to teaching medical students, residents and subspecialty fellows. My vision as Vice Chair is to work closely with our faculty and house staff to create a vibrant learning community dedicated to academic and clinical excellence and firmly grounded in person-centered values. Working with house staff was my guiding passion during my eight years as Program Director and will remain so in the coming years. As a general internist, I am actively engaged in day-to-day teaching on the wards, in clinic and the classroom and, as one of the program's core faculty members, I serve as a mentor and advisor to house staff. Wake Forest is truly a special place to teach and practice the craft and science of internal medicine. Our focus has never strayed from teaching the core clinical skills needed to relieve suffering and improve the health of our patients. And today, as a nationally recognized academic medical center, Wake Forest is taking the lead in developing new approaches to delivering care in a rapidly evolving health care system. This is truly an exciting time to train at Wake Forest. Come visit us in Winston-Salem and I think you'll agree.
Peter R. Lichstein, MD