In July, WakeMed welcomed the first class of Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) students. Twenty-two students are assigned to WakeMed and the Raleigh area for clinical training. These rotations are supervised by physicians at WakeMed Physician Practices, medical staff members, and community physicians outside the WakeMed system. CUSOM is the newest medical school in the state and the most recent addition to our medical education programs, which includes students and residents from UNC School of Medicine and Duke University School of Medicine, as well as students from Campbell’s pharmacy and PA training programs.
“The faculty are extremely excited about hosting the students from this new medical school that has a primary care focus, and this is a great opportunity for WakeMed to continue growing our medical education programs in ways that serve the community,” commented John Perry, MD, vice president, Medical Education. “We anticipate that many of these students will go on to live and practice in this area. From our 40-plus years of teaching students and residents, we recognize that we are training the next generation of physicians who will be providing care for the communities we serve.”
The students will have 11 four-week rotations, and the bulk of their time will be at WakeMed, especially the Raleigh Campus, Cary Hospital and WakeMed ambulatory sites, but also community practices and other hospitals. In addition, members of the WakeMed teaching faculty and community faculty are teaching basic sciences to the first- and second-year medical students on the main campus at Campbell University.
As mentioned by Dr. Perry, medical education is an important way in which WakeMed helps serve our community. In 2014, 373 medical residents were trained at WakeMed, and they participated in more than 2,400 rotations.