Wake Forest Baptist November Awards and Recognitions

November 29, 2017

Wake Forest Baptist Names Human Resources Vice President

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Nov. 30, 2017 – Jerri Irby, M.B.A., M.S., has been named vice president of human resources at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Irby will lead the talent management, talent acquisition, employee relations and human resource business partnership teams. She also will provide leadership to improve processes in recruiting, retention and engagement.

Wake Forest Baptist Named to National Leadership Program

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Nov. 30, 2017 –Julie M. Linton, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has been selected to participate in the Culture of Health Leaders (CoHL) program, which is co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

As one of 40 selected applicants, Linton will join leaders from across the country to collaborate on innovative ways to advance a culture of health. Linton’s work is focused on health equity for all children and families, with a particular focus on children of immigrant families.

CoHL is one of a number of leadership development programs supported by the RWJF, which supports the development and diversity of leaders.

Wake Forest School of Medicine Students Receive National Honors

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Nov. 30, 2017 – Mustafa Abid, Ziyad Knio, Kwone Ingram and Brandon Sowell, medical students at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, have been named 2017-18 Schweitzer Fellows by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship.

Over the next year, these four students will join other graduate students from across the country in developing leadership skills and learning effective ways to address the social factors that impact health. Locally, Abid and Knio will initiate a health education outreach program for refugees and immigrants while Ingram and Sowell will lead a mentoring program for minority boys who face social, academic and behavioral challenges in the fourth and fifth grades. 

The Boston-based Albert Schweitzer Fellowship is dedicated to developing individuals who are committed to and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities.

Wake Forest School of Medicine Student Awarded for Clerkship Honors

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Nov. 30, 2017 – Paul Ehlers, a fourth-year student at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has received the inaugural Peacock-Plonk Master Student Clinician Award from the School of Medicine.

The award recognizes School of Medicine students who achieve honors in all third-year clerkships.

The Peacock-Plonk Award was established this year in honor of James E. Peacock, M.D., professor of infectious diseases, and George W. Plonk, M.D., associate professor of vascular and endovascular surgery at Wake Forest Baptist. 

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