WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Aug. 31, 2017 – There
are 136 of them. Their average age is 24 and their experiences include
professional mountain biking, missionary work, bartending, military service and
the members of Wake
Forest School of Medicine’s Class of 2021, the largest in the school’s
69 women and 67 men in the recently arrived class were chosen from among 9,281
applicants, another school record. From that original pool, 473 candidates were
selected for interviews.
work hard to identify the best to invite for interviews because we simply
cannot interview everyone who is qualified,” said David
Grier, M.D., associate dean of admissions and student financial
services at the School of Medicine, which is part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “If
we could just go by MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) scores and GPAs,
admissions would be a simple task. But it takes much more than that.
interviewed people with tremendous grades and MCAT scores from great schools
who can’t communicate. Students must be able to relate to people to become good
of 69 female students matches the School of Medicine’s all-time high for a class,
which was set last year, and marks the second straight year and third time overall
that women have outnumbered men.
members of the Class of 2021 received their undergraduate degrees at 75
different institutions. Thirteen of the students have earned master’s degrees
and one holds a Ph.D. Together, the new
medical students are fluent or proficient in 25 languages other than English.
of the new students are residents of North Carolina and 25 are members of
racial or ethnic groups that are underrepresented in medicine.
some ways, our students are a lot like their peers nationwide,” said Grier, who
is also a professor of pathology at the School of Medicine. “Statistically,
they reflect national trends in the number of applicants, female students and
addition to the prospective physicians, the School of Medicine has welcomed another
224 students – 55 working toward Ph.D. degrees, 57 pursing master of science degrees,
88 in the Physician Assistant Program and 24 in the Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) Program.