Medicine Institute

Learn about Medicine!

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 in 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, participate in simulations and labs, and learn basic skills like taking blood pressure and suturing.

At a Glance

**The application for summer 2024 will open on Nov. 1. Students may wait to apply or register for the Online Immersion Program – study online with Wake Forest anywhere, anytime, at your own pace.

2024 Dates: TBA

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Who Can Apply?: Current 9th – 12th grade students

Tuition: $3,000

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Campus

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

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Neurology
  • Ultrasound 
  • Cancer Care
  • Global Health


Hands-On Experiences:

  • On-site visits to healthcare facilities in Winston-Salem, NC
  • 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 rehab center and cardiac cath lab
  • Practice taking blood pressure, listening to the heart and lungs, interviewing standardized patients, working in a suture lab, and conducting an ultrasound
  • Interact, network, and engage with medical school students

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Medicine Institute Cost


A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome and Program Introduction
  • 9:30 am – Guest Speaker: Pursuing Pre-Med in College
  • 10:30 am – Travel to Hospital
  • 11:00 am – Guest Speaker: Research in Medicine
  • 11:30 am – Pathways to Healthcare: Medical Student Panel
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 12:45 pm – Station 1: Ultrasound Lab
  • 1:35 pm – Station 2: Birthing Simulation
  • 2:30 pm – Station 3: Respiratory Management
  • 3:30 pm – Station 4: Cardiovascular Simulation
  • 4:10 pm – Tour of Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • 4:30 pm – Travel to Wake Forest University main campus
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change. 

Meet Your Academic Leader

Christina Rinaldi, DO

Academic Leader, Medicine Institute 

Christina Rinaldi is currently an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist as well as a Medical Student Clinical Skills Coach for the School of Medicine. Dr. Rinaldi obtained her undergraduate degree from Florida State University in 2014 then went on to complete her medical school training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Suwanee, GA Campus in 2018. She completed three years of internal medicine residency training, as well as an additional fourth year where she served as a chief resident, at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Rinaldi’s current interests include medical education, inpatient and ambulatory internal medicine as well as perioperative medicine.