From the Dean

NEW BUILDINGS ARE DRAMATIC, BUT THE MAGIC IS IN THE PEOPLE

We talk a lot about our new Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, and for good reason. It’s a spectacular building.

Edward Abraham

Our new addition to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem stands alongside Wake Forest Biotech Place, where many of our basic science researchers work. Connected to the Bowman Gray Center is 525@vine, which houses our Nurse Anesthesia (CRNA) and Physician Assistant (PA) programs and Division of Public Health Sciences (PHS).

While the buildings are wonderful, the real magic is in the people, and specifically in the combinations of students and faculty working together as has not been possible before. Our 490 MD students (at least those not involved in clinical rotations) are now all studying downtown alongside:

  • 176 PA students
  • 48 CRNA students
  • Many of our 230 biomedical sciences students
 in Graduate School programs, and
  • More than 260 faculty, staff and students from PHS

In January, Wake Forest University added to this mix by welcoming 275 undergraduate students in new academic programs in biomedical sciences and engineering. In what is being called Wake Downtown, the university plans to accommodate up to 350 students by 2021.

We now have a continuum in education that has not been possible before. Starting with undergraduates and extending to the medical and graduate schools, we have an incredibly vibrant environment in a remarkable downtown location for our faculty, staff and students.

If you have not yet seen the Bowman Gray Center, Alumni Weekend, May 5-7, is the perfect opportunity. It will be our first spring Alumni Weekend, replacing our traditional fall date. There is more to see and do than ever before, and I hope I’ll see you here.

Edward Abraham
Edward Abraham, MD
Professor and Dean
Wake Forest School of Medicine