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When the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education opened in summer 2016, the new home for the School of Medicine program featured the latest innovations in technology and design.

A guest on one of the building tours noticed something that was missing: pediatric manikins. A gift from that guest resulted in the purchase of two new child-size manikins that are now being used alongside adult and infant versions.

“Students practice the unique skills needed to deliver patient-centered care on the manikins before they ever see their first patient, resulting in improved health outcomes for the patients they will eventually serve,” said Mary Claire O’Brien, MD, associate dean for academic affairs. “Having pediatric manikins to add to the training continuum will only help improve those outcomes, and we’re grateful for the generosity of this donor to make that possible.”

The manikins are used as part of the school’s Center for Experiential Learning, which houses suites for resuscitation, operations/surgical procedures and intensive care. The school’s curriculum, one of the most advanced in the nation, allows medical students to prepare for real-life experiences in the most modern of settings, from outpatient clinic to trauma center bay, and includes the latest in informatics and technology.

The donation included prize money for a contest to let students name the new manikins. MD student Cameron Oswalt and PA student Anna Olsen took the prizes for the names, “Petey-Atrix” and, “Simone,” respectively.

The donor who provided the $80,000 gift chose to remain anonymous.

Janeway Honored with Endowed Fund

The Board of Directors of Wake Forest University Health Sciences has established an endowed fund in honor of Richard Janeway, MD, FHO ’66, that will provide the first dedicated funding source for the Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC).

Richard Janeway, MD, FHO '66

Family members helped Richard Janeway, MD, FHO ’66, celebrate the endowed fund established in his honor

In September, Janeway attended an event celebrating the naming of the Richard Janeway, MD, Distinguished Director of Northwest AHEC Fund. Michael Lischke, EdD, MPH, the Richard Janeway, MD, Distinguished Director of Northwest AHEC, and Medical Center CEO John D. McConnell, MD, delivered remarks.

Their remarks were followed by impromptu comments, both humorous and poignant, from many of those in attendance who recalled what Janeway and his trailblazing work meant to them.

Janeway, president emeritus of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, served the Medical Center for more than 35 years in roles that included dean of the medical school and executive vice president for health affairs. His leadership is credited for expanding the Northwest AHEC program into an important regional health educational resource.

Northwest AHEC is an educational outreach and training program that advances public health in its 17-county region. It strives to improve the supply, distribution, and quality of health and human service personnel—especially in primary care—through diverse community/academic partnerships.

First in N.C.: Ambulance Becomes Classroom

To better prepare its students to serve in emergency medicine, the School of Medicine is offering an emergency medical services elective course for fourth-year students. Wake Forest is the first medical school in North Carolina and one of only a few nationwide to offer such a program.

During the four-week course, students ride with paramedics and first responders from Iredell and Surry counties and observe their daily responsibilities and interactions with patients. They learn how an EMS organization works, watch how patient care is provided, identify various means of patient transport and understand phases of disaster response and medical care.

The students also see firsthand the health disparities that are evident in people from different parts of the state and diverse socioeconomic classes. They learn why emergency response times differ from one area to another and recognize the roles that diet, lifestyle and access to health care play in people’s medical conditions.

“We hope this course really opens the eyes of our students to the health issues that many of our neighbors face,” said Jason Stopyra, MD, FHO ’03, assistant professor of emergency medicine and emergency physician at Wake Forest Baptist.

“Our goal is to provide our students with a wide array of real-life experiences, which we believe will increase their understanding and empathy and help to improve the treatment and outcomes for the patients we serve.”

MD Class of 2020 Makes History

When Wake Forest School of Medicine’s entering class arrived at the new Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education late last summer, they made school history: it is the largest class ever admitted, with 129 students, and it has the most women ever in an incoming class, 69.

“When I entered Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1978, I was one of only 12 female students,” said Brenda Latham-Sadler, MD ’82, associate dean of student inclusion and diversity. “… It shows just how much has changed in those years with the perception, interest and acceptance of women in medicine.”

Minority students considered underrepresented in medicine make up 19 percent of the class, and 47 different undergraduate and graduate majors are represented. More than 20 percent of the class is proficient or fluent in Spanish, and 19 different languages other than English are spoken among members of the class.

Tolmie Laid to Rest at Arlington

John D. Tolmie, MD, was laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery on Oct. 16, 2016, in a Transfer to Interment service. The former associate professor emeritus of anesthesiology and former associate dean with School of Medicine died March 22, 2015, at age 81.

TolmieThroughout his academic career, Tolmie maintained his service to the country through the U.S. Naval Reserves, eventually being named rear admiral in 1986. In 1985, he started PRIMUS (Physicians, Residents in Medical, University Schools), which was responsible for providing critical care specialists from the School of Medicine to serve in the U.S. Navy to help during war.

At the School of Medicine, he started the tradition of the White Coat Ceremony for second-year medical students in 1987. He also developed a restatement of the “Creed for a Student of Medicine” that is still read today at the ceremony. Following his retirement, he was named the school’s first director of emeritus affairs in 1996.

Two Students Named Schweitzer Fellows

Mujumdar and Shenker

Mujumdar (above) and Shenker

Students Vaidehi Mujumdar and Rachel Shenker have been named 2016-17 Schweitzer Fellows by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

Mujumdar and Shenker will join other graduate students from across the country in partnering with community-based organizations to develop and implement year-long mentored service projects that meet the health needs of underserved populations. Locally, Mujumdar and Shenker will lead a cancer prevention program for adolescents with an emphasis on initiating the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series.

Medical Center Establishes NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Research Center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), through the National Institute on Aging, has awarded Wake Forest Baptist a grant worth an estimated $8.7 million over five years to establish a new center for research into Alzheimer’s disease.

CraftThe Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) at Wake Forest Baptist is among 31 NIH-funded research centers in the country. It serves the Southeast, which is the U.S. region with the highest per capita rates of Alzheimer’s and other age-related cognitive disorders.

The center will promote Alzheimer’s research and education and contribute to the national network of NIH-funded centers. Its primary focus will be on the role played by vascular and metabolic disorders in the occurrence of Alzheimer’s.

“The ADCC will provide extensive resources for coordinated, multidisciplinary investigations into how diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and other common conditions affect the transitions from normal aging to mild cognitive impairment and then to Alzheimer’s and other dementias,” said Suzanne Craft, PhD, the center’s director and professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine.

“We anticipate that the knowledge we gain will contribute to the development of innovative strategies for prevention and treatment.”

Craft credits philanthropic support, particularly from the Kulynych family of North Carolina and the Texas-based Hartman Foundation, for accelerating the Medical Center’s progress toward being a nationally recognized research center for Alzheimer’s.

“We’re uniquely equipped to be a high-impact center because of our deep and strong foundation in aging research, specialized expertise in metabolic and vascular disorders, well-established ties to an ethnically diverse community with a high prevalence of these conditions, and exceptional institutional support,” said Edward Abraham, MD, dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine.

National Award Funds Study Opportunity in Liberia

MullinSecond-year student Andrew Mullin has been awarded the annual Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine, a national award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

The fellowship provided Mullin the opportunity to travel to Liberia and conduct a research project that focused on issues facing hospitals with limited resources, which is a common theme in tropical medicine.


KincaidEdward H. “Ted” Kincaid, MD ’94, has been named chair of cardiothoracic surgery. He succeeds Neal Kon, MD, FHO ’87, the Howard Holt Bradshaw Professor who served as chair for 15 years and is continuing his work as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist. Kincaid, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, completed his internship and residency in general surgery at Wake Forest Baptist and served as a Bradshaw Fellow in surgical research before completing his cardiothoracic surgery residency in 2002. He also serves as director of thoracic transplantation and succeeds Kon as associate director of the integrated Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence.


Reginald Munden, MD, DMD, MBA, Mundenhas been named chair of radiology and executive director of the Imaging Shared Services. He joins Wake Forest Baptist from Houston Methodist Hospital, where he was chair of the Department of Radiology.


Katherine A. Poehling, MD ’95, MPH, Poehlinga pediatrician at Brenner Children’s Hospital, has been named chair of pediatrics. Poehling has served as interim chair since May 2015, and her research includes vaccine-preventable diseases in children, such as influenza, pneumonia and whooping cough.


Gary E. Rosenthal, MD, Rosenthalhas been named chair of internal medicine. His work as a physician-researcher has focused on improvement of patient care access, quality and cost, and has been well funded by the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others.