Medicine Institute

Prepare to make a positive impact through medicine.

Interested in donning the white coat, but not sure what being a healthcare professional is really like? Gain hands-on experience into the medical field and insight into the many career opportunities available within the various disciplines of medicine. You’ll visit healthcare facilities in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, participate in simulations and labs, and learn basic skills like taking blood pressure and suturing.

At a Glance

Medicine Institute: Charlotte
Dates: June 17-22, 2018 or July 15-20, 2018
Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen
Program Length: 1-week sessions
Program Tuition: $1,600 (Non-Residential), $2,500 (Residential)
Residential or Non-Residential: Non-Residential and Residential Options Available

Medicine Institute: Winston-Salem
Dates: June 10-15, 2018 or July 8-13, 2018
Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen
Program Length: 1-week sessions
Program Tuition: $2,500
Residential or Non-Residential: Residential Option Only

**Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Medicine Institute participants.


What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Cardiovascular Physiology and Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Medical Research
  • Obstetrics and NICU
  • Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care
  • Neurosurgery
  • General Medicine
  • Ophthalmology

Hands-on Experiences:

  • On-site visits to healthcare facilities in Charlotte and Winston-Salem
  • Tour the Wake Forest School of Medicine and participate in simulation labs
  • Explore technology and the latest in medical advances within the hospital including the operating room and cardiac cath lab
  • Practice taking blood pressure, listening to the heart, working in a suture lab, conducting an ultrasound, and dissecting a pig heart
  • Experience minimally invasive surgery techniques

Medicine Institute Costs

Charlotte Campus (Nonresidential Program) | $1,600

Charlotte Campus (Residential Program) | $2,500

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,500

A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 – 9:00 am – Arrive and Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 9:30 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 – 10:30 am – Guest Speaker: Overview of Healthcare
  • 10:30 -11:00 am – Guest Speaker: Pediatrics
  • 11:00 – 11:30 am – Travel to Hospital
  • 11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Visit Operating Rooms and Cath Labs
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – A Day in the Life of a Physician
  • 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Wake Forest School of Medicine Tour
  • 3:00 – 4:30 pm – Guest Speakers: Cancer Care
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Review of Day and Dismissal
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 – 9:00 pm – Free time
  • 9:00 – 10:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

medicineStephen L. Wallenhaupt, MD

Academic Leader, Medicine Institute (Charlotte)

Dr. Stephen L. Wallenhaupt served as Novant Health’s Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, 2006-2014. He retired in January 2016. From 2001-2006 he served as the Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs of Presbyterian Healthcare in the Charlotte region. He is a board certified Cardiothoracic surgeon and formerly a partner of Hawthorne Cardiovascular Surgeons in Charlotte, 1993-2001.

Dr. Wallenhaupt was an instructor and assistant professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine from 1985-1993. He received his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University in 1978. He is a member of multiple medical organizations including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American College of Chest Physicians, American Medical Association, American College of Physician Executives, and the North Carolina Medical Society. He is on the Medical Alumni Association Board of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and a member of the Wake Forest Charlotte Executive Board.