Organizational and Fellowship Overview
Administrative Fellowship Overview
The Administrative Fellowship at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the academic medical center for Wake Forest University, provides a one-year rotational and project-based opportunity for young careerists to experience the many aspects of healthcare administration. The Fellowship has been a presence at the Medical Center for over 30 years and is among the oldest administrative fellowships in the nation.
The Fellowship is structured in 3 parts: rotations, projects, and leadership.
To gain exposure to the entire Medical Center and its subsidiaries, Fellows spend a portion of their time in rotations. Rotations take the fellows throughout all aspects of the hospital, but can also be catered in accordance with the Fellow's individual learning objectives and interests. Rotations will encompass numerous areas and will expose Fellows to the clinical, academic, research, and operational areas of the organization.
To gain practical experience, Fellows also spend a portion of their time completing projects. Projects are largely based on the Fellows' rotation schedule and their respective areas of interest. Projects vary widely, but could include development of business plans, provision of information for capital equipment requests, assistance with budget preparation, survey data analysis, involvement with process improvement initiatives, and participation in organizational campaigns (United Way, Heart & Stroke Walk, etc.). Fellows have flexibility to initiate participation in projects based on their specific learning objectives and interests as well as the needs of the organization.
Fellows also have the opportunity to participate in leadership meetings and community initiatives to ascertain a high-level understanding of the organization as well as to observe various leadership and managerial styles. These meetings offer the Fellows exceptional learning opportunities and help them build a complete understanding of current initiatives within the organization.
Wake Forest Baptist offers administrative fellows a total compensation package including a salary, which is competitive with other Fellowship programs, insurance benefits (health, dental, and vision), and the option to contribute to our 403b retirement savings plan. Paid time off is granted for the following holidays: Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Memorial Day. Recognizing the importance of continuing education and professional development, the fellows typically are provided funding for attendance at national and state/regional meetings. Additional requests for personal time are discussed with and approved by Fellowship Preceptor.
About Wake Forest Baptist Health
North Carolina Baptist
Hospital was established in 1923. As an 88-bed community hospital, it sought to
serve the healthcare needs of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the surrounding
areas. In 1941, the Bowman Gray School of Medicine opened on the North Carolina
Baptist campus with 75 students. Brenner Children’s Hospital, a 160-bed
“hospital within a hospital”, was added to the campus in 1986. The hospitals
and medical school would later become Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
North Carolina Baptist Hospital
Today, Wake Forest Baptist Health has grown to
encompass 172 buildings on 446 acres. It is a nationally recognized healthcare
system with multiple locations operating as an integrated enterprise, including
educational and research facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers,
and other primary and specialty care facilities. The system is anchored by Wake
Forest Baptist Medical Center, an 885-bed tertiary care hospital, which
includes the 160-bed Brenner Children’s Hospital and the new 148-bed Comprehensive
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Wake Forest University
- Wake Forest
Baptist Medical Center has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World
Report for 23 consecutive years. The Medical Center is ranked No. 2 overall in
North Carolina and No. 1 in the state for its cancer and gastroenterology programs. In total, the
Medical Center was ranked in 7 specialties and listed as high-performing in another 5
specialties. Brenner Children’s Hospital is also nationally ranked.
The Comprehensive Cancer Center and Brenner Children's Hospital
- Wake Forest
Baptist Health also operates Davie Medical Center and Lexington Medical Center,
community hospitals in neighboring counties.
- In addition to
the Medical Centers, the network also encompasses 2 urgent care centers, 11
emergency departments, 25 primary care and 114 specialty clinics, 16 dialysis
centers, and freestanding imaging and endoscopy centers.
- In fiscal year
2013, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center saw over 38,000 admissions, 107,000
emergency department visits, and 918,000 other outpatient visits.
- The hospital is
home to both an adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center, including two
helipads to serve the area. The pediatric trauma center was the first in the
state of North Carolina to receive the Level 1 designation.
- The Wake Forest
Baptist staff includes more than 900 physicians, 2,800 registered nurses, 567
residents, 116 fellows, and 2,000 other professional clinicians. As a whole,
the system employs over 13,000 employees, making it among the largest in North
- The Wake Forest School of Medicine is the 4th most selective medical school in the
United States, with an acceptance rate of just 3.1%.
- The School of
Medicine ranks in the top third of U.S. medical schools in NIH funding, and has
focused research on cancer, regenerative medicine, aging/Alzheimer’s disease,
and diabetes/obesity/metabolism. In the 2013 fiscal year, the school was
awarded nearly $204 million in research funding.
- The Wake Forest School of Medicine made a recent move to the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, housed in the Innovation Quarter, in the summer of 2016.
- Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the Wake Forest School of Medicine have pioneered many nationwide "firsts" in research and healthcare. Some examples include:
- 1965- Dr. Jesse H. Meredith performs nation's first hand reimplantation.
- 1972- A Wake Forest team let by Dr. William Boyce help develop the use of ultrasound to detect prostate cancer.
- 1979- The nation's first toll-free epilepsy information hotline is established at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine.
- 1983- The Medical Center is the first in the nation to use transcranial Doppler ultrasound to measure atherosclerotic buildup on the walls of the carotid artery. The Medical Center is later the first in the nation to image arterial circulation in the brain to determine whether drugs and other treatments were stabilizing or reversing atherosclerosis.
- 1986- The Medical Center is the first in the nation to use lithotripsy to break up common duct gallstones.
- 1990- Dr. Louis Argenta and Dr. Michael Morykwas design the Wound V.A.C., a vacuum-assisted wound-closure device that has since been used on over 8 million wounds worldwide.
- 1997- The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation becomes one of the first centers in the world to combine geriatric care, sub-acute care, rehabilitation, psychiatric care, comprehensive ambulatory geriatric assessment, geriatric primary care, and research under one roof.
- 1999- Dr. W. Gregory Hundley led researchers in the first successful use of MRI to diagnose significant blockages in blood vessels leading to the heart. It was the first non-invasive test to visualize blockages and determine whether treatment was required. They were later the first to view the heart during vigorous beating and diagnose blocked arteries based on abnormal pumping motion.
- 1999- The Medical Center becomes the first in the nation to use the newly FDA-approved GliaSite Radiation Therapy to treat brain cancer, in which cancerous tissue is targeted with a liquid source of radiation delivered through a balloon catheter.
- 2004- Dr. Anthony Atala joins the Medical Center and starts the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
- 2004- Medical Center Opthamologist Dr. Keith Walter shows that treatment room humidity can affect the outcome of LASIK surgery.
- 2007- Dr. Allison Brashear, Chair of Neurology at the Medical Center, reports that repeated treatments of Botox significantly decreases spasticity, pain frequency, and average pain intensity in the upper limbs after a stroke.
- 2008- A team of Medical Center researchers report that a simple blood test can help predict which men are likely to develop prostate cancer.
- 2010- Dr. Waldemar Debinski announces a major breakthrough showing how a specially-designed protein can be made to target and destroy certain brain tumor cells.
- 2011- The School of Medicine is chosen as one of six leading research institutions across the nation to partner with Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center in the development, testing and implementation of automotive safety innovations.
- 2012- With increasing fears of concussions in sports, the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences announces plans for a pioneering study- Kinematics of Impact Data Set (KIDS)- that will track the exposure of head impact on young football players.
- 2014- A new study led by Dr. Carlos Rodriguez shows for the first time that reducing systolic blood pressure below 120 does not appear to provide additional benefit for patients, as long believed in the medical community.
- You can read more about Wake Forest "firsts" here
- Wake Forest University's PA and CRNA programs are both ranked among the top 10 in the country by U.S. News and World Report.
- Wake Forest
Innovations, a division of Wake Forest Baptist Health, helps establish and
manage new businesses, partnerships, licenses, and start-up companies based on
the discoveries, intellectual property, and research assets of the medical
center and Wake Forest University.
Wake Forest Biotech Place in the Innovation Quarter
- From 2009-2013,
Wake Forest Innovation’s industry partners had 394 invention disclosures, filed
218 patents applications, formed 19 start-up companies, created 94 licensing and
option agreements, and saw 71 patents issued to faculty and staff.
- Wake Forest
Innovations is housed in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, a 200-acre district
on the east side of Winston-Salem. The area previously housed tobacco factories. The historic buildings have since been repurposed to create one of
the fastest-growing research parks in the nation.
525 @ Vine and Wake Forest Biotech Place in the Innovation Quarter
- In recent
figures submitted to the state of North Carolina, Wake Forest Baptist reported
giving nearly $259 million in community benefits- including charity care,
research, education, community outreach, and many other unique efforts- to help
those in need.
- The Downtown
Health Plaza is a full-service, outpatient medical clinic subsidized by the
Medical Center. It services many uninsured and underinsured residents with a
state-of-the-art medical home. No patient is turned away based on their ability
to pay. A total of over 65,000 patient visits were recorded at the Downtown
Health Plaza in the 2013 fiscal year.