Charlotte Is Finally Building Her First 4-Year Medical School, and It’s Going To Be Massive


Charlotte is finally about to build its first fully accredited 4-year medical school – and it’s going to massive.

Leaders from Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and Wake Forest University have just announced they’ve chosen a 20-acre site in midtown Charlotte, at the current corner of South McDowell Street and Baxter Street to build the new complex. 

The results of an economic study by Tripp Umbach show that the new school and surrounding complex is projected to generate an estimated $5.2 billion in economic impact and create nearly 43,000 jobs over the course of the next 20 years.

Through our partnership with Wake Forest School of Medicine, today we fulfill a long-held desire for Charlotte to have a four-year medical school that will usher in a brand-new era of healthcare education, innovation and social impact,” said Eugene A. Woods, president and CEO of Atrium Health. “The significant investments we are making will not only enrich countless lives as we train the next generation of toptier clinicians but will also be a pivotal economic driver that will propel us forward as we emerge from the pandemicstronger than ever.”  

Here’s a video showing the renderings of the new multi-building complex:

Wake Forest School of Medicine – Charlotte is planning to have an official ground breaking ceremony by the first quarter of 2022, as soon as the zoning approval process is completed. 

What do you think about the new school?