Program Spotlight: Wake Forest University

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Location:  Winston-Salem or Boone, North Carolina

Number of students:  64 at Winston-Salem, 32 at Boone

Application Cycle:  April - September 1st through CASPA + supplemental application ($100 fee)

Interview dates:  September - December

Start date:  June

Length of Program:  24 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  1,000 hours

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • They just recently opened a new campus in Boone!
  • There are open house events at both campuses you can attend to get more information.
  • Teaching style is called "inquiry based learning," or small-group, self-directed learning, which is a style a lot of medical schools are moving towards as well
  • If you don't end up going there for school, they do accept students for clinical rotations from outside programs
  • They do require a genetics course, which is not something that is as commonly required
  • No specific organic chemistry requirement
  • No employment is allowed while in the program
  • A computer is provided for use by the school while in the program
  • Emerging Leaders Program - If you also have an interest in the business side of things, Wake Forest offers a 34 month program where you start with getting a Masters in Management and then attending the PA Program
  • Joint PhD program - You start the PhD program and can apply anytime during the first 3 years for the PA program.  The cool part is that your clinical research experience counts towards your 1,000 hours.

Program Link:  Wake Forest PA Program