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Learning Environment & Professionalism


Learning Environment

Wake Forest School of Medicine is committed to creating and maintaining a learning environment that supports and encourages respect for every individual, and promotes the development of professionalism among medical students.

All faculty, staff, medical students, residents and fellows on the medical center campus, and across all instructional sites, share responsibility for creating a positive and supportive learning environment. Our goal is to create a culture that enhances patient care, learning, scholarship and research, commitment to the health care needs of society, and the ability of all members of the Wake Forest School of Medicine community to interact and carry out their responsibilities in a supportive and respectful fashion.

Learning Environment Enrichment Group (LEEG)



As part of their formal training, medical students learn the importance of demonstrating the attributes of a professional and understand the balance of privileges and obligations that the public and the profession expect of a physician. The importance of understanding and possessing the professional attributes expected of physicians is emphasized throughout the Wake Forest School of Medicine curriculum, beginning with LAUNCH, continuing throughout the Pre-clinical curriculum, and further developed in the Longitudinal and Clinical curriculum experiences.

The professionalism attributes that are taught and assessed in the Wake Forest School of Medicine curriculum include:

  • Respect for patients
  • Responsibility in actions
  • Honor and integrity
  • Reverence for human life
  • Compassion
  • Dedication to teamwork
  • Ethical decision-making

Professionalism Early Intervention and Referral System (PEIRS)


Student Mistreatment and Reporting

A global Student Advocate role has been created within the Office of Student Affairs to serve as this central reporting resource for professionalism concerns for all WFSM students (MD, Graduate, PA, and CRNA), as well as for visiting students, non-WFSM clinical students and non-affiliated student interns.

To report a mistreatment or professionalism concern, you may contact Nicole Allen, the Student Advocate:

  • Via phone at 336-713-7880
  • Via email at
  • In person at Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 2nd floor, Office 2213

Please use the link below for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the reporting process.


A confidential reporting system can be accessed through the Compliance Hotline.

Policies and Standards




    Quick Reference

    Phone: 336-716-4271
    Fax: 336-716-5812


    Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm


    Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 2nd Floor

    475 Vine St.  Winston-Salem, NC 27101

    Mailing Address:

    Office of Student Affairs
    Wake Forest Baptist Health
    PO Box 573184
    Winston Salem, NC 27157

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