Medicine Institute

Prepare to make a positive impact through medicine.

Interested in donning the white coat, but not sure what being an “M.D.” 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 Winston-Salem & Charlotte, work with simulators and labs, and learn basic procedures like taking blood pressure & performing ultrasounds.

At a Glance

Medicine Charlotte
Dates: June 26th-30th or July 17th- 21st
Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen
Program Length: 1 Week
Program Tuition: $1,600
Residential or Non Residential: Non Residential/ Residential  (June 25-30th)

Medicine Winston-Salem
Dates: June 11th- 16th* or July 30 – August 4th*
Eligibility: Rising sophomores, juniors, seniors in high school and incoming college freshmen
Program Length: 1 Week
Program Tuition: $2,500
Residential Non Residential: Residential

**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
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Medical Research
  • Obstetrics and NICU
  • Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care
  • Neurosurgery
  • General Medicine

Hands-on experience:

  • On-site visits to healthcare facilities in Charlotte and Winston-Salem
  • Tour the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a leader in translating scientific discovery into clinical therapies
  • Explore technology and the latest in medical advances within a lab setting 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 more
  • See robotics used in medical procedures

Medicine Institute Costs

Charlotte Campus (Nonresidential Program) | $1,600

Reynolda Campus (Residential Program) | $2,500

A Day in the Life

Sample Schedule – Scrub into Medicine:

  • 9:00-9:30 am – Arrival, Light Breakfast, Journal Writing
  • 9:30-10:30 am – Special Guest Physician: Overview of Healthcare
  • 10:30-11:00 am – Guest Lecturer from Wake Forest Medical Center: Pathology & Autopsy
  • 11:00-11:30 am – Guest Lecturer: Trauma Center and ER – Teamwork and Training Discussion
  • 11:30 am-12:00 pm – Robotics in Medicine
  • 12:00-1:00 pm – Panel Discussion: Q&A with Physicians
  • 1:00-2:00 pm – A Day in the Life of a Physician: Onsite at Medical Center
  • 2:00-3:00 pm – Operating Room Tour
  • 3:00-4:00 pm – Guest Physician: Oncology, Cancer, and Chemotherapy Studies
  • 4:00-4:30 pm – Video: Orthopedic Implants

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, stepping down on March 31. He will continue in a part-time role focused on the ongoing implementation of the Novant Health electronic health record. 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.

P. Samuel Pegram, MD

Academic Leader, Medicine Institute (Winston-Salem)

P. Samuel Pegram is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Alpha Omega Alpha from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University (now Wake Forest School of Medicine) where he was selected by his classmates “as possessing the qualities of the complete physician”.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and his fellowship in Infectious diseases at North Carolina Baptist Hospital.  He also completed fellowships at University College Hospital in London and the University of California at San Francisco.  He served in the United States Navy as a flight surgeon on the aircraft carrier USS Constellation during the Vietnam war retiring as a Lieutenant Commander.

Dr. Pegram is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Subspecialty of Infectious Diseases.  He has received numerous teaching awards including as a house officer and a faculty member including being awarded a “Master Teacher” designation.  He is also an Emeritus Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Dr. Pegram founded the Infectious Disease Specialty Clinic of Wake Forest Baptist Health and was its Director until he became Professor Emeritus in 2010.  He has authored more than a 100 scientific articles and book chapters.