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I suppose I'll start it off with the first waitlist response of the cycle - received this afternoon.
 
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Their response time for the 10/5 info session was very quick. 10/15 info session was told we'd hear back around mid-November.
 
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I’m a first year student at Wake with @TheDataKing and @Orangekiwi and for the accepted students, it’s our turn to sell the school to you! So please message us with any questions! I have loved Wake, and I definitely think it’s an incredible place to end up.

And for those of you on the WL, I know Wake’s waitlist is very dynamic. We have a lot of classmates who I know got in off of the waitlist.
 
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I’m a first year student at Wake with @TheDataKing and @Orangekiwi and for the accepted students, it’s our turn to sell the school to you! So please message us with any questions! I have loved Wake, and I definitely think it’s an incredible place to end up.

And for those of you on the WL, I know Wake’s waitlist is very dynamic. We have a lot of classmates who I know got in off of the waitlist.
Hey, thanks for the input! I took a real interest in WF after the info session and was pretty bummed getting waitlisted today. Any advice on how to convey that interest in a follow-up letter?
 

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Hey, thanks for the input! I took a real interest in WF after the info session and was pretty bummed getting waitlisted today. Any advice on how to convey that interest in a follow-up letter?
write a letter of interest and then convert it to a letter of intent later on in like February if it's still your top choice
 
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Hey, thanks for the input! I took a real interest in WF after the info session and was pretty bummed getting waitlisted today. Any advice on how to convey that interest in a follow-up letter?
I never had to write one, but from what I hear, LOI's are taken with a grain of salt anyways. You can always just share what it is that specifically draws you to Wake, but keep in mind that most Adcoms are reading these thinking, "Well this is very generic. They probably sent the same LOI stating we are their first choice to Drexel, Albany, and Quinnipiac." So overall I might suggest using specific research that you have done on the school to make your letter stand out rather than restating the mission statement.

On a somewhat related note, my favorite things about Wake that someone could potentially use in an LOI are:
-18-month curriculum to start clinical rotations a full 6 months before most other programs
-Faculty is constantly reaching out to set up one-on-one meetings for us about finances, emotional/mental health support (free counseling and therapy), and academic support.
-Wake supports a ton of free clinics in the area to get your clinical, intake, and EMR skills up to par. Off the top of my head, there is the DEAC clinic and the Wake Mobile Clinic. I do Spanish Interpretation at one called the Shalom Project, but I don't think it is directly affiliated with the school.
-Even during a pandemic, research is booming at Wake. We receive more NIH funding than places like Georgetown, Brown, Dartmouth, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and other schools that are conventionally "ranked higher" than Wake. Needless to say, interest groups are very good at reaching out and getting you hooked up with faculty members who are looking for med students to do research and publish. I know plenty of my classmates who want Ortho have already published in the ~3 months we've been on campus.
-I really like the diverse ways we learn things. We don't just have a lecture on cardio. It's a lecture, then a dissection in the cadaver lab, then an ultrasound lab, then radiology, then the iCRIT course does a cardio case for case-based learning (I'm a big fan of iCRIT), then we have a microanatomy and pathology lab, and then we learn a cardio exam during clinical skills. If you don't know heart anatomy by the time the test rolls around, you must be actively trying to avoid learning haha.
-Wake has well-regarded residency programs in prettymuch every specialty. This is valuable for matching because you can make connections with the residency board members, and even if you don't match here, they will write you a strong letter for wherever you want to go.
-Wake is big on diversity and sensitivity training stuff so maybe mentioning the MAPS (Medicine and Patients in Society) longitudinal course might make it look like you've done some research on the curriculum
 
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Hi guys, just a few questions for current students: I haven't seen much about this, but is it common for students at WF to have a car? Do you feel that there's a more collaborative than competitive environment/ are students close-knit? (does wake rank internally?) Also, as a URM, I feel pretty strongly about efforts (or lack thereof) schools make to handle diversity and antiracism efforts - how do you feel WF does on that front? I feel like the general vibe I get is that everyone at the school really likes it there, which seems awesome to see! Also if it's easier for me to pm anyone please just lmk! Thanks so much for the help!

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Hi guys, just a few questions for current students: I haven't seen much about this, but is it common for students at WF to have a car? Do you feel that there's a more collaborative than competitive environment/ are students close-knit? (does wake rank internally?) Also, as a URM, I feel pretty strongly about efforts (or lack thereof) schools make to handle diversity and antiracism efforts - how do you feel WF does on that front? I feel like the general vibe I get is that everyone at the school really likes it there, which seems awesome to see! Also if it's easier for me to pm anyone please just lmk! Thanks so much for the help!

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I would say most people have a car for sure. I know a few people who don’t, and that’s fine if you live close to the school (which is in the downtown area), but public transportation is not super big, and I can’t think of a grocery store within walking distance. That being said, downtown does have a lot going on, so maybe you could get by. I know most people room with other students (a big google doc gets sent out to get a roommate) so if you don’t have a car, your roommate probably will.

In terms of student cohesion, I don’t know how well current M1s can speak to that with the unique covid situation—meaning that outside our class groups and roommates, we don’t really know everyone. But there is no internal rank and classes are true pass/fail with tons of chances for remediation. Because of that, it is extremely non-competitive. I don’t know how my friends have done on past tests, and I don’t particularly care. But I feel like I can ask anyone for help or to study together. On top of that, tons of students get together to play sports if you’re into that. Frisbee is popular, there’s soccer, tennis, basketball, and some gym rats.

As an ORM, I feel like there is an emphasis on social justice and anti-racism efforts in classes (like I said, the MAPS course is almost completely dedicated to social issues and how they pertain to medicine), but I’m not sure how that story would look coming from a URM student’s perspective. It doesn’t get super “arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor”, but they certainly discuss issues facing black patients, immigrants, the LBGTQ+ community, etc and how we can help them as future physicians.
 
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Hi guys, just a few questions for current students: I haven't seen much about this, but is it common for students at WF to have a car? Do you feel that there's a more collaborative than competitive environment/ are students close-knit? (does wake rank internally?) Also, as a URM, I feel pretty strongly about efforts (or lack thereof) schools make to handle diversity and antiracism efforts - how do you feel WF does on that front? I feel like the general vibe I get is that everyone at the school really likes it there, which seems awesome to see! Also if it's easier for me to pm anyone please just lmk! Thanks so much for the help!

@TheDataKing @Orangekiwi @m1redsox
On the car front: Winston-Salem is a pretty spread out city with poor public transportation. It'll be best to have a car or have a roommate with one. And IIRC, Wake Med has free parking for students. If you're not a NC resident, switching your car insurance to NC will probably save you a lot of money. It has the second cheapest car insurance in the nation.
 
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I would say most people have a car for sure. I know a few people who don’t, and that’s fine if you live close to the school (which is in the downtown area), but public transportation is not super big, and I can’t think of a grocery store within walking distance. That being said, downtown does have a lot going on, so maybe you could get by. I know most people room with other students (a big google doc gets sent out to get a roommate) so if you don’t have a car, your roommate probably will.

In terms of student cohesion, I don’t know how well current M1s can speak to that with the unique covid situation—meaning that outside our class groups and roommates, we don’t really know everyone. But there is no internal rank and classes are true pass/fail with tons of chances for remediation. Because of that, it is extremely non-competitive. I don’t know how my friends have done on past tests, and I don’t particularly care. But I feel like I can ask anyone for help or to study together. On top of that, tons of students get together to play sports if you’re into that. Frisbee is popular, there’s soccer, tennis, basketball, and some gym rats.

As an ORM, I feel like there is an emphasis on social justice and anti-racism efforts in classes (like I said, the MAPS course is almost completely dedicated to social issues and how they pertain to medicine), but I’m not sure how that story would look coming from a URM student’s perspective. It doesn’t get super “arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor”, but they certainly discuss issues facing black patients, immigrants, the LBGTQ+ community, etc and how we can help them as future physicians.
Thanks so much! This is awesome!
 
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MS1s here: when did you get your interview/when did you interview here last year?
Completed secondary 7/6/19.
Invited for interview on 9/9/19 for 10/2/19.
Accepted 10/15/19.
Take this with a grain of salt, though, because I would say probably half of our class was accepted off of the waitlist, and I have a friend who interviewed in February and was accepted two weeks later. Wake accepts a lot of students (we were told ~60% of interviewees), so interviewing late is not a huge disadvantage. That being said, Wake receives a TON of applications, so don't put all your hope in one basket (haha) if you still don't have an II here.
 
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Have information session today (19th), does anyone have a rough idea when I could expect to hear back? Seems like some of y'all have had a turnaround of less than two weeks.
 
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Have information session today (19th), does anyone have a rough idea when I could expect to hear back? Seems like some of y'all have had a turnaround of less than two weeks.
I was on October 15th and during our session we were told to expect to hear back by mid November.
 
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Do any of you know anything about merit scholarship information? If you were to be offered one...when would that likely occur? If you are interviewed and accepted early...is that a good sign for a robust offer? For those who are attending Wake Forest instead of UNC...how did you make that $30,000 a year leap for tuition?
 
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I never had to write one, but from what I hear, LOI's are taken with a grain of salt anyways. You can always just share what it is that specifically draws you to Wake, but keep in mind that most Adcoms are reading these thinking, "Well this is very generic. They probably sent the same LOI stating we are their first choice to Drexel, Albany, and Quinnipiac." So overall I might suggest using specific research that you have done on the school to make your letter stand out rather than restating the mission statement.

On a somewhat related note, my favorite things about Wake that someone could potentially use in an LOI are:
-18-month curriculum to start clinical rotations a full 6 months before most other programs
-Faculty is constantly reaching out to set up one-on-one meetings for us about finances, emotional/mental health support (free counseling and therapy), and academic support.
-Wake supports a ton of free clinics in the area to get your clinical, intake, and EMR skills up to par. Off the top of my head, there is the DEAC clinic and the Wake Mobile Clinic. I do Spanish Interpretation at one called the Shalom Project, but I don't think it is directly affiliated with the school.
-Even during a pandemic, research is booming at Wake. We receive more NIH funding than places like Georgetown, Brown, Dartmouth, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and other schools that are conventionally "ranked higher" than Wake. Needless to say, interest groups are very good at reaching out and getting you hooked up with faculty members who are looking for med students to do research and publish. I know plenty of my classmates who want Ortho have already published in the ~3 months we've been on campus.
-I really like the diverse ways we learn things. We don't just have a lecture on cardio. It's a lecture, then a dissection in the cadaver lab, then an ultrasound lab, then radiology, then the iCRIT course does a cardio case for case-based learning (I'm a big fan of iCRIT), then we have a microanatomy and pathology lab, and then we learn a cardio exam during clinical skills. If you don't know heart anatomy by the time the test rolls around, you must be actively trying to avoid learning haha.
-Wake has well-regarded residency programs in prettymuch every specialty. This is valuable for matching because you can make connections with the residency board members, and even if you don't match here, they will write you a strong letter for wherever you want to go.
-Wake is big on diversity and sensitivity training stuff so maybe mentioning the MAPS (Medicine and Patients in Society) longitudinal course might make it look like you've done some research on the curriculum
This is extremely generous! I'll keep this information in mind when I draft a LOI.
 
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Do any of you know anything about merit scholarship information? If you were to be offered one...when would that likely occur? If you are interviewed and accepted early...is that a good sign for a robust offer? For those who are attending Wake Forest instead of UNC...how did you make that $30,000 a year leap for tuition?
To be honest with you, I don't think there are very many people who are accepted to BOTH UNC and Wake. Med school is pretty dang competitive and most applicants don't get into a single program--let alone 2 great programs. As an M1, I don't know of any classmates who were accepted to both and chose Wake. That could be because they simply all choose UNC due to the price difference and elevated prestige factor, but who knows. My guess is that they are few and far between. I was accepted on 10/15/19 and did not receive a merit scholarship. However, I have a friend who got one, and he found out pretty early.
 
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To be honest with you, I don't think there are very many people who are accepted to BOTH UNC and Wake. Med school is pretty dang competitive and most applicants don't get into a single program--let alone 2 great programs. As an M1, I don't know of any classmates who were accepted to both and chose Wake. That could be because they simply all choose UNC due to the price difference and elevated prestige factor, but who knows. My guess is that they are few and far between. I was accepted on 10/15/19 and did not receive a merit scholarship. However, I have a friend who got one, and he found out pretty early.
On their website they talk about how generous the scholarship program is at Wake Forest. Not expecting anything...just curious. Congrats to you! Hope you are enjoying your first year!
 
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And is UNC more prestigious than Wake Forest??
UNC is more known for primary care & primary care research. Wake has a lot to offer for all specialties & has 20-30% of each class match into surgery alone. A deciding factor for most people is tuition cost & match rankings, not "prestige" between the two schools. UNC is more NC-focused; Wake has significantly more out-of-state students as a private school.

Although this about to change to pass/fail, Step 1 score averages were last compiled by US News & compared in 2016: 226 @ UNC, 231 @ Wake
 
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On their website they talk about how generous the scholarship program is at Wake Forest. Not expecting anything...just curious. Congrats to you! Hope you are enjoying your first year!
I am an M1 at Wake and chose it over a cheaper program because it is a really good school. You’re going to be in debt pretty much regardless so you might as well go somewhere you will enjoy, will give you the best opportunities and overall where you will thrive the most. Wake is super supportive and everyone is extremely nice and collaborative. As far as scholarships go, I didn’t receive a merit scholarship but did receive a few separate need base scholarships that helped with the cost. I was initially disappointed in the financial aid office cause they messed my application up but when I brought it up they went above and beyond to help me and make sure it got sorted out and are always reaching out to make sure we are aware of changes, other scholarship opportunities and such. Just my 2 cents and experience with it. I’m not sure how many people got scholarships though. I really don’t get in here much but if you have other questions I will answer when I see them lol
 
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UNC is more known for primary care & primary care research. Wake has a lot to offer for all specialties & has 20-30% of each class match into surgery alone. A deciding factor for most people is tuition cost & match rankings, not "prestige" between the two schools. UNC is more NC-focused; Wake has significantly more out-of-state students as a private school.

Although this about to change to pass/fail, Step 1 score averages were last compiled by US News & compared in 2016: 226 @ UNC, 231 @ Wake
Thanks for the information! I am impressed by the specialty matches at Wake. UNC is definitely primary care focused. WF seems to want to help their students choose. Thanks for your help.
 
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For any current applicants who have had the info session, is it a panel where you’re not on camera or is everyone on camera and you’re expected to dress up?
 
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For any current applicants who have had the info session, is it a panel where you’re not on camera or is everyone on camera and you’re expected to dress up?
It's one where everyone is on camera! I wore a suit, I think most other people did too, though I'm sure no one would be upset if you went slightly less than all out. There was a good amount of interaction between everyone, so you'll probs want to keep ur camera on the whole time.
 
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Do any of you know anything about merit scholarship information? If you were to be offered one...when would that likely occur? If you are interviewed and accepted early...is that a good sign for a robust offer? For those who are attending Wake Forest instead of UNC...how did you make that $30,000 a year leap for tuition?
Another M1 at Wake here and I actually have a friend who was accepted at both and chose Wake.

Both are excellent programs, so congratulations if you were accepted at both!!! What I will say about UNC is that it is definitely more disorganized than Wake is. I've heard multiple people say that they hated their UNC interviews (back when in-person interviews were a thing lol) because they were waiting in one room for a long period of time, didn't really get a tour, and in general the day was not well organized. UNC is also building a new building for their medical school (thank god, the old building was awful), and as far as I know the current classes are a bit messy as they adjust. I think UNC knows that they are top choice for most students who get accepted there, so they put less effort into impressing students. My interview day at Wake was by far my favorite - the staff and students are so kind and friendly, the building is beautiful, and the whole vibe is just awesome. As someone who never went to office hours during undergrad and felt like just a number, Wake faculty is so willing to reach out to you and set up 1 on 1 meetings and guide you. I feel like the administration knows me and cares about me without me even making much of an effort, which is not something I even considered while making my decision. It is so easy to get involved with research, extracurriculars, and clinical experience - even during the pandemic.

As far as cost is concerned, the financial aid staff at Wake Forest is amazing and so quick to respond. I would email them with any concerns you may have, specifically if you are weighing multiple acceptances and are getting money at other schools. Wake is very well endowed and is able to give out more scholarships than you may think. You just have to ask. I do not think you will be notified of your award until much later in the cycle (probably around March/April), but I believe that is pretty common among schools.
 
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Also wanted to chime in a little bit on the culture at Wake - I was a grad student here a little while ago and closely interacted with both graduate school and medical school faculty. I had a similar experience in undergrad where I felt like I was just a number; I didn't really get the chance to build any meaningful relationships with science professors because of the massive class size (exception was a high-level bio course) or have anyone reach out to me/check-in with me when I was struggling (and my academic advisor was incompetent, which is a whole other story.)

Color me surprised when I came to Wake for grad school. Starting on interview day, I felt like part of a tight-knit community that would always have my back. All my advisors were helpful, welcoming, and very knowledgeable, and would regularly check-in with me via email or in-person. The grad faculty, and med school faculty as well, became a useful resource that was extremely accessible. Another tidbit that made me love the school even more is that on interview day, the program directors and advisors promoted the fact that students have access to counseling services free of charge (and the counselors were phenomenal).

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I loved my experience at Wake as a grad student and got a peep into med school life via faculty and students, which played a BIG factor in applying to Wake for med school.
 
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