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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2006

Thomas Coffelt Receives Dean's Award at
WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine Graduation

DAYTON, OHIO-Howard M. Part, M.D., dean for Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, presented the Dean's Award to Thomas A. Coffelt during the graduation ceremonies held at the Schuster Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 26th.

The Dean's Award is given to a graduate who demonstrates a commitment to academic excellence, embodies empathy and compassion toward others, exemplifies personal integrity and professionalism, and has earned the respect and trust of classmates and faculty.

Originally from Franklin, Virginia, Coffelt holds a B.A. in biology from the University of Virginia. Prior to medical school, he worked as an emergency medical technician, specializing as a cardiac technician, for the Orange County Rescue Squad in Orange, Virginia, and also as an emergency medical technician for the Life Care Medical Transports in Charlottesville.

While attending Wright State, Coffelt worked as a medical assistant for River's Bend Family Practice in Lebanon, Ohio, and is certified in both Basic and Advanced Trauma, and Life Support. He is a member of several associations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association and its student association, and the Emergency and Family Medicine Interest Groups.

Coffelt served as a representative to the Medical School Student Council and a member of the Phi Rho Sigma. He has volunteered in the Student-to-Student program, at Reach Out of Montgomery County, and has provided tours to medical school applicants. Coffelt also earned the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America.

Coffelt has chosen the field of internal medicine/pediatrics and will serve his residency with the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.