Wake Forest School of Medicine

by rivan

PICS Organization Name  
Wake Forest School of Medicine


Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Weekly Stipend 

Public Transportation Available  

Housing Provided  

Former Interns 
Magdalena Collum '18, Fares Marayati '19

Organization Description   
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a fully integrated academic medical center located in Winston-Salem, NC. The institution comprises the medical education and research components of Wake Forest School of Medicine; the integrated clinical structure and consumer brand Wake Forest Baptist Health; the commercialization of research discoveries through Wake Forest Innovations, and a network of affiliated community-based hospitals, physician practices, outpatient services and other medical facilities.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is a NC state designated and American College of Surgeons verified Level 1 trauma center that serves western North Carolina and areas in the surrounding three states. The 820 bed hospital admits 3000 trauma patients per year of which over 500 are managed in the trauma ICU. In addition, approximately 1600 patients are cared for on the Emergency General Surgery service and over 450 patients are admitted to the surgical ICU. Between trauma and emergency general surgery cases, the ACS service supports a combined operative load of approximately 2000 cases per year. 

Internship Description  
The internship at the Wake Forest School of Medicine will be a 10-week experience in Acute Care Surgery, which consists of Trauma Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency General Surgery. The intern will be involved in the observation of an Acute Care Surgery service at a busy academic medical center that cares for severely injured and ill adult patients. The internship will provide the opportunity to be involved in the management of complex surgical patients in the emergency department, operating room, ICU, and patient floors with the experience tailored to meet the expectations of the intern. The intern experience also includes a research experience in trauma, surgical critical care, emergency general surgery, and surgical education, depending on the interests of the individual intern. The intern’s responsibilities in relevant research studies will include literature review to identify pertinent existing research; patient identification and enrollment; database evaluation and population; and the analysis of data. Interns will learn how to design a study, perform the necessary components, and write an abstract to demonstrate the findings.

Internship Qualifications  

  • Interest in healthcare as a future career
  • Hard worker willing to put forth the extra effort
  • Independent thinker and problem solver 
  • Capable of performing basic computer skills


  • More advanced computer skills particularly using database

Expected Start Time  
8:00 am

Expected End Time 
5:00 pm

Required Dates 
June-August 2017

Internship Length 
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement
Yes, Global Health Policy

Additional Info   
To be completed before the start of the internship:

  • Non-Employee Registration Form Confidentiality Agreement 
  • Observation Agreement (for students under 18) 
  • Health Documentation Record - Includes 2-step TB testing and seasonal influenza vaccine (between September and May)
  • Hazard Assessment Form 
  • Background check 
  • Drug screening 
  • Online orientation and training modules

Housing information will be provided to students by Cindy Warlick on request.

Evaluation Excerpt   

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program