Resources for Personal Assistance

Personal, Academic, and Professional Counselors

The following are available to provide counseling or referral for transient or long-term personal problems that interfere with academic performance or personal well-being: 

  • Mark Knudson, MD
    Associate Dean for Student Services
  • Gail Curtis, PA-C
    Chair of PA Academic Affairs Committee
    Liaison to Learning Assistance Services
  • Health and Effectiveness Council (direct access by the student)
    Gail Cohen, MD

The Wake Forest School of Medicine has also established Learning Communities or "Houses" with mentors assigned to each medical school class.  The Learning Communities mentors can serve as points of contact for academic, career, and personal counseling throughout medical school.

Blue House
Dr. Christopher Whitlow - Diagnostic Radiology (
Dr. Mario Rojas - Pediatrics - Neonatology (

Green House
Dr. Modupeola Akinola - Pediatrics - Neonatology (
Dr. Ravi Agarwala - Anesthesiology (

Red House
Dr. Timothy Peters - Pediatrics - Infectious Disease (
Dr. Mark Corbett - Gerontology & Geriatric Medicine (

Yellow House
Dr. Nichole Taylor - Anesthesiology (
Dr. Thomas McLean - Pediatrics - Hematology/Oncology (


Health and Effectiveness Council

The Student Health and Effectiveness Council was established in March 1985 to promote the health and well-being of Wake Forest School of Medicine students. The purpose of the council is to facilitate health through illness prevention, to facilitate early identification of problems that impair a student's ability to learn, and to provide a bridge to treatment and rehabilitation services for medical, graduate, and physician assistant students.  The mission of the HEC is endorsed and encouraged by the School of Medicine administration. The council is made up of elected student representatives and volunteer faculty from the School of Medicine, the Department of Pysician Assistant Studies, and the Graduate School.

The Health and Effectiveness Council works in two ways. The first is in promoting awareness of the student body and faculty about issues that can impair a student's ability to learn.  The second is in offering a bridge to treatment for students whose health and/or learning abilities are imparied for any reason.  Students may be impaired in their ability to carry out their studies or work in a responsible manner for any of a variety of reasons ranging from stress around exam time to interpersonal problems, substance abuse, eating disorders or psychiatric problems. Impairment may be recognized by behavior in classroom or clinical settings that prohibits a student from achieving to the best of his/her ability, or violates rules, ethics or other accepted standards for behavior in the healthcare system.

Students themselves may seek help through the Health and Effectiveness Council. This self referral process does not involve the administration. Once a student has agreed to work in this process, he/she will be referred for evaluation to an expert mental health professional.  The HEC does not fund this referral.  THIS PROCESS IS STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. The School of Medicine’s administration will not be involved in this process unless a leave of absence from school is needed for treatment. For more information, contact Dr. Gail Cohen, at 716-9661.   


Early Academic Referral and Support Program (EARS)

The Wake Forest School of Medicine EARS Program is available to assist students in developing the skills and habits necessary to succeed in all aspects of the WFSM curriculum, as well as to address any specific deficits experienced by the student.  The EARS Program is designed to serve both students who are struggling, as well as those who may still be obtaining passing grades, but who feel that their study and learning skills can use improvement or enhancement in order to maximize success in medical school.  The EARS Program can provide academic counseling, guidance, and tips for improving or enhancing study, learning and test-taking skills, etc.  EARS exists as a support resource for any student, regardless of his or her performance in the medical school curriculum.  Contact the Office of Student Affairs at (336) 716-4271 or for more information about how the EARS Program can benefit you!

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Phone: 336-716-4271
Fax: 336-716-5807


Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm


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(near Interaction Room 2)


Mailing Address:

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Winston-Salem, NC 27157

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