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Year One students spend time participating in an exciting and innovative onboarding course. LAUNCH provides a basic overview of the knowledge, skills, attributes, and habits that are central to the development and success of aspiring physicians.  LAUNCH builds a solid foundation for those entering the demanding medical curriculum by giving students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of themselves and each other, form bonds with their classmates, explore principles of effective time management and consider how they want to approach the new way of life that they will experience as they enter a profession of service and life-long learning. Subjects such as clinical reasoning, effective communication, team building, problem-solving, and self-awareness are also addressed.     

The acronym “LAUNCH” depicts components of the orientation time frame: 

   Life skills for med school: sleep, nutrition, exercise, etc.
   Acclimating to professional life 
   Understanding of self 
   New words, ideas, vocabulary 
   Clinical Reasoning, thinking like a doctor, resource review 
   Healthcare 101:  Future patient care, systems (W1), and regulations (HIPPA) 

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MD Program
Student Admissions

Phone 336-716-4264
Fax 336-716-9593

Mon - Fri; 9 am to 4 pm


Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 1st Floor, 475 Vine St.

Mailing Address

Office of MD Admissions
Wake Forest School of Medicine
PO Box 573183
Winston Salem, NC 27157

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