Concurrent with the opening of the new school, Mrs. Benjamin F.
Bernard presented a gift of the farm buildings at Graylyn, the ninety -
nine-acre estate of Bowman Gray across Reynolda Road from the
Reynolds' property. The gift, valued at $250,000, was a foretoken of
later presentations of prime property.
The second-year class would become the first to graduate from
Wake Forest's Medical School in its new incarnation with a four-year
program. They would become members of the Class of 1944, for
whom an expanded curriculum had been devised. As provided by the
faculty, the course of study was as follows: in the first year, classes
were devoted primarily
anatomy, physiology and biochemistry; in
the second year, the first trimester concentrated on pathology and
parasitology, the second trimester on bacteriology and pharmacology,
and the third on physiology; the third-year students were divided into
three groups working in turn in the areas of medicine, surgery, and the
several clinical specialties; the fourth year students served a rotating
junior internship with a great deal of patient responsibility.
Tuition was set at $150 per trimester, and it remained at that level
through 1948-49. In the early years tuition was an important part of
the school's operating budget. The Medical School's total income for
1941 was $184,774.70, of which $33,209.30 was from student fees.
By 1944 annual income reached $338,820.28, with $108,004.51
coming from students then registered in all four years of study.
The war years were especially hard for the Medical School, al-
though it was operating at full capacity on a twelve-month basis.
Dr. Carpenter referred to the period from 1943 to 1945 as the "dark
days." He said that in spite of constant effort on his part, no sub-
stantial sources of additional financial support had been found, and
the available income did not cover the minimum financial demands of
a first-class medical facility.
He felt that there was "professional and church prejudice" against
the school in Winston-Salem, and he recalled more specific woes. He
said that "some of the conservative and fundamentalist Baptists
expected the medical center to operate with more regard for church
dogmas than interest in the advancement of scientific medical
research and education. The morale of the faculty was at its worst;
faculty members claimed that deceitful tactics had been used
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