2022 Medical Student Research Day

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

October 12, 2022

Keynote Presentation 12 – 1pm

Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education

475 Vine Street, 5th floor, Room 5206 and WebEx


Student Research Posters 1:30 – 4 pm

Biotech Place Atrium

575 N. Patterson Ave.


ErandaIs There Value to Adversity?

Eranda Jayawickreme, PhD

Harold W. Tribble Professor of Psychology

Senior Research Fellow, Program for Leadership and Character

Wake Forest University


The idea that struggle, trauma and adversity can be a catalyst for positive outcomes has a long intellectual history. Can adversity have an upside? Is it really the case that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? What does the research tell us about the ubiquity of such changes, and can we trust the research? Is it possible to intentionally promote growth following adversity? I address these key questions in this talk.


Dr. Eranda Jayawickreme is the Harold W. Tribble Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Fellow in the Program for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University. His research focuses on post-traumatic growth, moral personality, intellectual character, and personality dynamics.


Following the keynote, medical students will present their research posters from 1:30 - 4 pm in the Biotech Place Atrium, 575 N. Patterson Ave, just a short walk from the keynote location. Faculty, students and staff are invited to attend the keynote and poster session. All posters will be judged by WFUSM faculty. Students with the most meritorious research posters will be selected for awards.

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