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From the Dean

Our New Home Final touches have been completed on our new Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, 
where members of Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Class of 2020 began their medical careers this summer. The Bowman Gray Center, located in downtown’s Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, provides an impressively designed new educational space for our medical students. We join other investigative and academic colleagues who are located in the Innovation Quarter, and we expect to see natural synergies arise from the enhanced proximity of our faculty teams in our clinical and basic science departments. It will also facilitate inter-professional education with…
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‘Fiercely Competent’

How Prepared Are Our Graduates for the First Day of Residency? Chris Stem, MD ’15, left medical school as most graduates do—happy to have completed the first stage of training in his chosen career, eager to start a residency in his specialty and hoping he was ready for it. Barely a month into his pediatric…
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‘Day-One Ready:’ Teaching Ultrasound

While ultrasound has become a fundamental part of modern medical practice, early training—during medical school—is relatively uncommon. At the Wake Forest School of Medicine, this training was integrated into the first two years in anatomy and physiology in 2015 and now extends across the third year and into clinical rotations. “We’re on the leading edge…
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Ripple Effects of a Reynolds Scholarship

‘This institution has had an inestimable impact on my life’ Asked what influences caused him to establish the McGuirt Family Scholarship, Fred McGuirt, MD ‘68, takes a thoughtful pause. The humility with which this nationally recognized physician and researcher answers comes out of deep experience—from his childhood in Lumberton, N.C., with hard-working parents, from high…
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Research Update

New Knowledge about ‘Silent’ Heart Attacks Nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent, and like those that cause chest pain or other warning signs, silent heart attacks increase the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes, according to research published this spring in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. The multi-institutional…
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News Update

McConnell Announces Plan to Transition from CEO Role in 2017 John D. McConnell, MD, announced in May that he plans to step down in 2017 as CEO of Wake Forest Baptist but will remain at the Medical Center in a new position. McConnell will stay in his role as chief executive until the Wake Forest…