News from Boonshoft School of Medicine

Boonshoft School of Medicine holds 34th commencement May 23

(May 23, 2014) After four or more years of intense study and specialized training, 105 medical students of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2014 received their M.D. degrees during the school’s commencement ceremony at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 23. Pediatrician Gregory Toussaint, M.D., physician and associate professor, delivered the commencement address.

ACEP Quiz Team Winners
Emergency Medicine residents win quiz show at Ohio ACEP assembly

Residents from the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine placed first in the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) Quiz Show on Aug. 14 in Columbus, Ohio.

Topaz Sampson and Jasmin Scott-Hawkins

Topaz Sampson (left) and Jasmin Scott-Hawkins

Students named to the board of the Student National Medical Association

(Aug. 14, 2014) Two Boonshoft School of Medicine students have joined the board of directors of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). Topaz Sampson, a fourth-year medical student, was installed as national president of SNMA, and third-year student Jasmin Scott-Hawkins was appointed cochair of the SNMA publications committee. SNMA is the nation’s oldest and largest independent, student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. The two WSU students were selected for their positions at the 2014 SNMA Annual Medical Education Conference in Washington, D.C., in April.

Five Rivers Family Health Center
Family medicine residents win grant to immunize those 65 & older against flu, pneumonia

(July 31, 2014) The Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program was one of 16 family medicine residency programs nationwide to receive a Senior Immunization Grant Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Foundation in June. The $10,000 grant will be used to improve influenza and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2014-15 flu season.

Photo of Robert Weisman
Founding chair of biochemistry department remembered

(July 18, 2014) Robert (Bob) Weisman, Ph.D., passed away on July 2, 2014, at age 77, leaving a great void in the Wright State University family. For more than 30 years, as biochemistry chair, associate dean, interim dean and consummate faculty member, his contributions helped to establish the fabric of who we are today. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and who benefitted, knowingly or unknowingly, from his leadership and advice.

Professor Anstadt with students
Students gain insights into cardiac function by testing revolutionary heart pump

(June 25, 2014) A revolutionary heart pump is providing a rare learning opportunity for Wright State University students. The pump is attached to a mock human circulatory system — a student-designed plumbing marvel of clear plastic piping that simulates the flow of life-giving blood. “They’re using the same tools we’re using clinically,” said Mark Anstadt, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor of surgery.

Pharmacology researchers
Student researchers discover new ways to help diabetes patients

(June 12, 2014) Master’s degree students in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology are making discoveries that have the potential to save limbs and reduce kidney failure in diabetes patients. Led by Khalid Elased, Pharm.D., Ph.D., associate professor, and Nadja Grobe, Ph.D., a research assistant professor, several master’s students have published their findings in well-known journals and presented their research at national conferences. Their research focuses on the mechanisms of cardiovascular and renal complications of diabetes.

CITAR director says increase in overdose deaths is worse he's seen in 25 years

Robert Carlson, Ph.D.(May 27, 2014) There was a dramatic increase in the overall number of unintentional drug overdose deaths in Montgomery County, from 162 deaths in 2012 to 226 in 2013, according to officials from Public Health — Dayton & Montgomery County (PHDMC) and the Preventing Unintentional Drug Poisoning Project. The group released its annual Poisoning Death Review (PDR) report at a press conference on Tuesday, May 27.

“In my 25 years of doing substance abuse research here I’ve seen nothing like this in terms of the increases,” said Robert Carlson, Ph.D., director of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Interventions, Treatment and Addictions Research (CITAR), who helped prepare the report.

Epidemiologist joins Scientific Reports editorial board

John Bullock, M.D.(May 22, 2014) John D. Bullock, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., F.I.D.S.A., F.A.C.E., F.R.S.M., an infectious disease epidemiologist in the Center for Global Health, has been invited to serve on the editorial board for Scientific Reports, a journal from Nature Publishing Group, the publishers of Nature magazine. Scientific Reports launched in 2011 as a multidisciplinary, online-only, open access publication covering all areas of the natural sciences. It does not set a threshold of perceived importance to the papers that it publishes; rather, it publishes all papers that are judged to be technically valid. Bullock will review manuscripts in the area of public health.

Student examining a 5-year-old
Medical students and 5-year-olds learn lessons from one another

(May 16, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine students in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course practiced their physical exam skills with kindergarteners from Kiser Elemmentary on Friday, May 16, as part of a partnership between the medical school, Dayton Public Schools (DPS) and DPS school nurses. Videographers from WKEF TV Channel 2 were there to capture some of the fun.

Grant from Jeremiah’s Letter assists kinship families supported by the Center for Healthy Communities

Jeremiah's Letter logo(May 13, 2014) Several low-income families served by the Kinship Caregiver Coalition of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Center for Healthy Communities will have the funds to file for custody of kinship children, thanks to a grant from Jeremiah’s Letter, a nonprofit organization that provides community outreach ministries to people in the greater Miami Valley area. The organization gave the Kinship Caregiver Coalition a $1,000 grant in March to provide assistance to kinship families.

Dean Rider
Beetle mania: Wright State researcher investigates insect’s secret to long life

(May 6, 2014) They sound like a rock band. But blue beetles are very much insects — and they may hold the secret to the fountain of youth. Dean Rider, Ph.D., research assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular miology, is working to unlock the mystery of these mysterious bugs. He wants to sequence the blue beetle's DNA to see why it lives so long.

Department of Psychiatry assistant professor recognized with highest award in aerospace medicine

Col. Kent McDonald(April 30, 2014) The Aerospace Medical Association named Col. Kent McDonald, M.D., the recipient of the Raymond F. Longacre Award, the highest award in aerospace medicine, for advancing the understanding of aviator personality, unique environmental stressors and their impact on optimal performance.

NEC Building
Wright State community celebrates NEC Building construction milestone with topping out ceremony

(April 30, 2014) Wright State University celebrated a milestone in the construction of the Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration (NEC) Building on May 2 at the NEC Building site. Before the final steel support beam is put into place, members of the administration, campus leadership and special guests signed the beam for posterity during a topping out ceremony. Construction of the building is on schedule for an opening in February 2015.

students in the lab
Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program to celebrate 200 graduates

(April 25, 2014) Wright State's Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Ph.D. Program will celebrate a milestone this fall: having graduated 200 students. Largely populated by faculty from the Boonshoft School of Medicine, the program was the university's first Ph.D. program. Today its alumni hold high-ranking faculty positions at major U.S. universities such as the University of California-San Francisco and Case Western Reserve. They populate industrial giants like Procter & Gamble and Eli Lilly. And they work in research labs at the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control.

Grant provides educational resources for grandparents, children supported by Wright State’s Kinship Caregiver Coalition

Kinship Coalition logo(April 29, 2014) A $10,000 People’s Choice Grant from the CareSource Foundation has made a difference in the lives of the 535 families and 1,200 children helped annually by the Kinship Caregiver Coalition, a program of the Center for Healthy Communities in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. That grant, which was given to the coalition in July 2012, has helped the coalition provide resources and education to grandparents who are parenting for the second time.

Renee Albers in Thomas Brown's lab.
Ph.D. student Renee Albers conducts key pregnancy research

(March 28, 2014) She grew up on her family’s hog farm near the small northwestern Ohio village of St. Henry. Today, Renee Albers is working on her doctorate in the Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program at Wright State University and is a key researcher in the lab of Thomas L. Brown, Ph.D. She is helping him investigate the causes of pregnancy-associated disorders that lead to premature births.

Match Day
Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2014 participates in national Match Day event

(March 21, 2014) One hundred and two members of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Class of 2014 learned on March 21 where they will spend the next three to five years of their lives completing their residency training after receiving their medical degrees in May. Surrounded by friends and family, each student anxiously awaited for his or her envelope to be drawn from a hopper by Dean Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A. Almost half will remain in Ohio during residency, and 20 percent will remain in the Dayton area. Close to half will enter a primary care field. 

James Olson, Ph.D., to present at national science teacher's conference

Jim Olson(March 24, 2014) James E. Olson, Ph.D., professor of emergency medicine, and neuroscience, cell biology, and physiology, was invited by the Society for Neuroscience to present a workshop on neuroscience education for grades 6 through college at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education to be held in Boston. He is teaming up with Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom from the Duke University Institute for Brain Sciences to demonstrate how Next Generation Science Standards can be incorporated into classroom activities focusing on neuroscience. Olson will be describing brain mapping — how human sensory systems are represented in an orderly fashion in the brain. The workshop, "Neuroscience as a STEM Subject," will be on April 4.

Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A., named chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Jerome Yaklic(Jan. 21, 2014) Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A., FACOG, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has served as acting chair since May 1, 2012. Yaklic has been an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2010, and serves as medical director for Wright State Physicians Women’s Health Care.

Julie Gentile, M.D., appointed to Wright State University Foundation Board of Trustees

Julie Gentile, M.D.(Jan. 16, 2014) Julie Gentile, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Boonshoft School of Medicine, was one of four people appointed to serve on the 28-member Wright State University Foundation Board of Trustees. Part of WSU's Division of Advancement, the foundation manages gifts and some scholarship programs that support the university and its students.

African American family
WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine seminar to focus on Alzheimer’s disease

(Aug. 14, 2014) To provide professionals with information about Alzheimer’s disease in Montgomery County, the Wright State Center for Healthy Communities HealthLink and the Ohio State Area Health Education Centers Region IV will present a half-day seminar, “Montgomery County Health Disparities: A Closer Look at Diverse Populations with Alzheimer’s Disease,” on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at the Madison Lakes Learning and Conference Center in Dayton.

Gary LeRoy, M.D., honored as Family Medicine Educator of the Year

Gary LeRoy, M.D.(Aug. 11, 2014) The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians recently announced that Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, is the recipient of its 2014 Family Medicine Educator of the Year Award. LeRoy, who has been practicing medicine for 22 years, is also an associate professor of family medicine and a staff physician at Community Health Centers of Greater Dayton/East Dayton Health Center.

Affordable Care Act flag Center for Healthy Communities to host community forums about Medicaid, Affordable Care Act

(Aug. 4, 2014) The Center for Healthy Communities Medicaid Outreach Consortium will host several community forums to help the public better understand Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Free and open to the public, the forums will be held in August, September, October and November in the cafeteria at the Job Center, 1111 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., in Dayton.

Family medicine resident receives training award in substance abuse, addiction

SFTN logo(July 31, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine family medicine resident Lara Ilyas, M.D., was one of two people nationwide selected to receive an STFM/NIDA Training Award in Substance Abuse and Addiction. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) partnered with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to fund two one-year training awards of $22,000 each to support the development of expertise in substance abuse and addiction within academic family medicine. Ilyas will conduct an original, mentored pilot/data-gathering study in substance abuse and addiction.

White Coat ceremony
Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomes the class of 2018 at convocation ceremony July 26

(July 26, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomed 110 students on July 26, during the annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony held at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton. During the ceremony, students take their first oath of professional medical ethics, concluding with the words, “I commit myself to a lifelong journey of learning how to cure, relieve and comfort with humility and compassion.” Each student also will receive a white coat—a traditional symbol of the medical profession—personalized with his or her name and the medical school patch.

Dean Marjorie Bowman at press conference
Wright State and Premier Health Neuroscience Institute adds Dayton Children’s Hospital, pediatric research to neuroscience venture

(July 10, 2010) The Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute, together with Dayton Children's Hospital, announced today the affiliation of Dayton Children's with the institute to boost pediatric neuroscience research in the region and enhance pediatric care. Dayton Children’s clinicians and researchers will formally participate in a broad range of research and educational programs with the members of the Neuroscience Institute.

Students in the pharmacology lab
New M.S. in pharmacology and toxicology leadership/administration offered

(June 27, 2014) To better prepare students for a career in pharmacology and toxicology, the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine now offers a leadership/administration master of science program. The one-year program is for students who want to become lab managers, leaders or higher education administrators in the pharmacology and toxicology field. “Our students can now select a leadership/administration or a research-based program,” said Terry Oroszi, M.S., director of the program.

Five members of the class of 2014 tell their stories

(May 23, 2014) Each member of the class of 2014 at Boonshoft School of Medicine has a different story about his or her journey to becoming a physician — here are just a few.

Family medicine chief resident selected for health policy fellowship in Washington, D.C.

Melanie Raffoul, M.D.(May 13, 2014) Melanie Raffoul, M.D., the chief resident of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Family Medicine Residency Program, is one of two people nationwide who have been selected for the 2014-15 Robert L. Phillips Jr. Health Policy Fellowship, a joint research and clinical fellowship program between the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and Georgetown University.

Emergency medicine professor discusses the ethics of responding to a hospital shooting

Catherine Marco, M.D.(May 8, 2014) Catherine Marco, M.D., director of scholarly works and professor of emergency medicine at Boonshoft School of Medicine, was interviewed for a story and video, How to Survive a Hospital Shooting, posted in the online publication Medpagetoday on May 1. She was asked, "What is the priority in cases of violent patients?" There's no consensus among ethicists about how physicians should weight personal safety in these situations, she said. A former chair of the American College of Emergency Physicians ethics committee, Marco said healthcare providers need to remember the goal to provide the "most good for the most people."

Family medicine faculty with award
School wins Top 10 Award for working to meet the nation’s need for family physicians

(May 7, 2014) For the second consecutive year, Boonshoft School of Medicine received an American Academy of Family Physicians Top 10 Award for consistent contributions to building the family physician workforce. Each year, the AAFP presents its Family Medicine Top 10 Awards to honor medical schools that — during a three-year period — graduated the greatest percentage of students who chose first-year family medicine residency positions.

President and CEO of Wright State Physicians elected to American College of Physician Executives board of directors

Alan Marco, M.D.(May 2, 2014) Alan P. Marco, M.D., M.M.M., FACPE, president and CEO of Wright State Physicians, was one of three new members to be elected to the 2014-2015 board of directors of the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE). Marco also serves as associate dean for faculty and clinical affairs at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

student in lab
Student researcher Ellen Ricker’s work in the lab points to answers on respiration

(April 28, 2014) Graduate student Ellen Ricker has garnered international recognition for her research and was named top female researcher in a STEM field at the Midwest Graduate Research Symposium. Ricker, who is working on her master’s degree in anatomy, is a student researcher in the lab of associate professor Christopher Wyatt, Ph.D., investigating how opiates such as morphine can affect the carotid bodies and stop a person from breathing.

Udit Soinghal
Udit Singhal is first WSU medical student selected for HHMI fellowship

(April 28, 2014) Udit Singhal, a third-year medical student at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, is one of 70 of the nation&39;s top medical and veterinary students from schools including Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, University of California San Francisco, Duke and Yale, who have been selected for the 2014-2015 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellows Program.

Debra Mayes
New neuroscience researcher brings unique talents, perspective

(Feb. 12, 2014) Debra Mayes, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology, was featured in a story posted in the online Wright State University Newsroom. A researcher who recently joined the WSU and Premier Neuroscience Institute, Mayes' research focuses on how to prevent and repair nerve damage from a disease that can cause behavior and developmental problems in children.

New Neurology Residency Program approved

(Jan. 21, 2014) The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved a new residency program in neurology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The ACGME is a private, nonprofit council that evaluates and accredits residency programs in the United States. The Neurology Residency Program will help expand the number of neurologists in the Dayton region by training the future leaders in neurology patient care, research and education. The new program, which will begin on July 1, 2014, was approved to accept up to 16 residents.

Robert P. Turk, M.D., professor emeritus at Boonshoft School of Medicine, passes away

Dr. Robert Turk(Jan. 17, 2014) Robert Peter Turk, M.D., Colonel, USAF (Ret.), professor emeritus at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Hospice of Dayton. He was 82. Dr. Turk will be remembered as a committed physician, a scholar, and an outstanding educator. He served on the voluntary faculty at the medical school from 1976 through 2010.

Boonshoft School of Medicine professor organizes international conference on inflammation and cancer

Julian Gomez Cambronero, Ph.D.(Jan. 15, 2014) Julian G. Cambronero, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research, is chairing an international research conference sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The conference, “Phospholipid Cell Signaling and Metabolism in Inflammation and Cancer,” will take place June 1-6, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Cambronero is organizing the event along with George M. Carman, Ph.D., Board of Governors professor of food science and director of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research.

Surgery resident receives inaugural Professionalism Award from American College of Surgeons

(Jan. 13, 2014) Justin P. Fox, M.D., chief resident in general surgery at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has received the inaugural Jameson L. Chassin, M.D., FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The award was presented during the college’s business meeting at its annual Clinical Congress, which is one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world. The Chassin Award recognizes a chief resident in general surgery who exemplifies the values of compassion, technical skill and devotion to science and learning. The award is administered by the ACS Division of Education and will now be granted on an annual basis.

WSU & Saudi officials with agreement
Wright State partners with Saudi university to create medical school modeled on Boonshoft School of Medicine

(Dec. 18, 2013) Boonshoft School of Medicine is expanding its global reach under a recent agreement that enables a new medical school in Saudi Arabia to get started in an innovative way, bringing Wright State’s medical education expertise to a new set of students. Under this unique agreement, Unaizah College of Medicine of Qassim University, Saudi Arabia, will deliver a concurrent educational experience for its students, parallel with the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s medical education program. Dean Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., Dean Parmelee, M.D., associate dean for academic affairs, and Larry Prochaska, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry & molecular biology, traveled to Saudi Arabia in early December to meet with representatives of Unaizah College of Medicine to finalize the three-year $5.5 million renewable agreement and plan for its implementation.

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