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From the Dean

As Summer Gives Way to Fall, We Celebrate Summer, traditionally a time for vacations and family, often is still filled with activity. My summer included running—surviving may be a better description!—a hilly half marathon in muggy weather near Boston. As a medical school, we have remained busy preparing for reaccreditation and a visit from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education early next year. We are beginning the process of updating our strategic plan, which is re-examined on a three-year basis, to prepare for 2017 through 2020. We welcomed new students, and we continue to raise money for our new medical…
Celebrating Match Day

Celebrating Match Day

The Class of ’15 Shines in the Most Competitive Residency Match in History The faces change from year to year, but the scene stays largely the same, an atmosphere of excitement and nervous anticipation. There are smiles, laughs, hugs and tears of (mostly) joy. It’s Match Day when fourth-year medical students learn where their next…
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Bearer of Good News

For Decades, Irene Tise Guided Thousands of Medical School Applicants For 35 years, her voice was the one that gave prospective medical students good news: “You’ve been accepted to the Wake Forest School of Medicine.” What Irene Tise heard was the reward. “We would love hearing all of the screaming—they were thrilled to learn that…
Research Update

Research Update

New System Uses Lasers to Make Tumors ‘Light Up’ Scientists have invented a new imaging system that causes tumors to “light up” when a hand-held laser is directed at them, potentially making it easier for surgeons to detect malignant tissue during surgery and hopefully reduce the rate of cancer recurrence. “A surgeon’s goal during cancer…
News Update

News Update

Medical Center Launches Precision Medicine Program in Cancer Wake Forest Baptist is offering a new Precision Medicine program at its National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). Precision medicine uses a person’s unique genetic makeup to develop an individualized treatment plan that targets cancer cells. Oncologists look at the cancer-associated genes in a person’s tumor,…
Grateful for the Journey

Grateful for the Journey

Michael Kimura, MD ’15, Knows the Extremes of Accomplishment and Adversity On one hand, Michael Kimura, MD ’15, has known life as a graduate of one of America’s best liberal arts universities and as a medical school scholar. On the other, he has endured family strife most people will never know and holidays when the…
Every Moment Counts

Every Moment Counts and Every Patient is Intriguing

Meet Gloria Graham, MD ’61 When asked about Gloria Graham, MD ’61, named 2015 North Carolina Doctor of the Year, any colleague would describe her as a vivacious, whip-smart and compassionate physician with a dermatology practice on the Atlantic coast. That would be the short answer. As fine as those qualities are, Graham is more.…

From the Vice President

One Last Alumni Weekend for Our ‘Old’ Campus A realization dawned on me recently as we approach this year’s Alumni Weekend, set for Oct. 2-4. As we make progress on a new medical education building, this will be the last Alumni Weekend we’ll celebrate on our “old” campus. By this time next year, our new building will be open in downtown Winston-Salem’s Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, and a new group of Wake Forest medical students will be taking first-year classes. Their Wake Forest experience will be grounded in a space designed for the most modern medical education possible. The building…
Join Us

Join Us!

Alumni Weekend 2015 Don’t miss Alumni Weekend 2015, Oct. 2-4 Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Awards dinner, open to all alumni and honoring: Distinguished Achievement: Richard E. Bird, MD ’65, and W. Harold Newman, MD ’56 Distinguished Faculty: Marcus M. Gulley, MD ’51 Distinguished Service: Thomas D. Long, MD ’52, and Samuel A. Sue, MD ’56 The MAA Annual…