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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2005

Wright State University School of Medicine Graduates
Tomorrow's Doctors from-and for-the Community

DAYTON, OHIO-Eighty-six graduates from Wright State University School of Medicine receive the doctor of medicine degree on May 27 at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton. The School of Medicine has graduated more than 2,000 physicians, with almost one-third of them practicing in the Greater Miami Valley. The Class of 2005 includes many graduates of local high schools:

Alter High School grad, Katie Burkhardt, who will enter a family practice residency in Denver, Colorado.

Beavercreek High School grad, Julie Sroga, will study obstetrics & gynecology at the Beth Israel Medical Center, in New York.

Centerville High School grad, Bradley Harward, will complete a pathology residency at the Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio, and another Centerville High grad, Emily Helm, will go Detroit, Michigan, for a residency in emergency medicine.

Dayton Christian High School grad, Andrew Jacques, will enter an emergency medicine residency in Akron. (Read more.)

Fairborn High School grad, Sara Doorley, will go to an internal medicine residency at Einstein /Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York. (Read more.)

Miamisburg High School grad, Tracie (Kitts) Bolden, will study family medicine at Bethesda Hospital in Cincinnati.

Miami Valley School graduate, Alex Caillat, will study urology in Cincinnati.

Middletown High School grad, Francis Dube, will complete his residency in internal medicine in Kansas City, Kansas.

Northmont High grads, Scott Leverage, who goes to Lexington, Kentucky, for a residency in internal medicine; Rajkumar Sugumaran, who will pursue internal medicine at The Ohio State University; and Michelle (Roberts) DeGroat will remain in Dayton to study general surgery with the Wright State residency program.

Springboro High School graduate, Melissa (Schweikhart) Bauserman, will continue her training in a pediatrics residency in San Diego, California.

Trotwood-Madison High School grad, Suzette Myton, goes to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, for anesthesiology.

Troy High School grad, Jennifer (Jung) Hartwell, is pursuing general surgery in Chicago, Illinois.

Urbana High School grad, Julianne Reighard, is going to Denver, Colorado, to study family medicine. (Read more.)

Wayne High School grad, Jeffrey Greenwood, will remain in Dayton to pursue emergency medicine in the Wright State Emergency Medicine Residency program.

Xenia High School grads, Shandra (Kalter) Day, goes to The Ohio State University for a residency in internal medicine, and Meredith (Sonnycalb) Sanders, goes to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for an anesthesiology residency.

Alden Harken, M.D., is the invited speaker for the event. He is professor of surgery and chair of the East Bay Surgery Program at the University of California, San Francisco, and holds an M.D. from Case Western Reserve Medical School. He completed an internship and served as junior, senior, and chief resident in surgery at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, and served as chief resident in cardiovascular surgery at Children's Hospital in that same city. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and an Honorary Fellow in the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery.

Wright State University School of Medicine's mission is to educate culturally diverse students to become excellent physicians, by focusing on generalist training that is integrated, supported, and strengthened by specialists and researchers, all of whom value patient-focused care, community service, and research, and have passion for improving health in their communities.