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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2 , 2004

Wright State Recognized for Family Medicine Specialty

Dayton, Ohio-The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) presented Wright State University School of Medicine with a Bronze Achievement Award at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference held May 14, in Toronto. The award is based upon the average percentage of graduates who have entered a family medicine residency in the past 3 years.

"This award recognizes Wright State's efforts to foster interest in family medicine and produce graduates who enter the family medicine specialty," says Perry A. Puhno, M.D., director of the AAFP's Division of Medical Education. Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents more than 93,100 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students nationwide.

"Wright State medical students have contact with family medicine faculty throughout all four years of the medical school curriculum. As a result, they learn that family medicine isn't simply treating colds and sore throats. It's an in-depth intellectual challenge to provide medical care for individuals and families across the age range," explains Mark Clasen, M.D., Ph.D., Wright State's chair of family medicine.

Clasen notes that Wright State has ranked at or near the top in training family medicine doctors ever since its first graduating class in 1980. According to a 1992 survey published in the medical journal Family Medicine, Wright State was first in the percentage of graduates entering family practice residencies throughout the previous decade. Throughout the 1990s, Wright State consistently ranked in the top three of 125 medical schools nationwide in the broader percentage of graduates starting practice in primary care medicine, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

"Wright State has become a premiere medical school in primary care education in addition to family medicine," Clasen says. About 2/3 of Wright State graduates practice in primary care; 1/3 practice in a wide range of specialty and subspecialty fields.