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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2007

WSU's Boonshoft School of Medicine Welcomes the Class of 2011

DAYTON, Ohio-At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomes 100 new students and their families during the students' first "Rite of Passage" - Convocation.

Convocation 2007At the annual Convocation Ceremony, students take their first oath of professional medical ethics that ends, "I commit myself to a lifelong journey of learning how to cure, relieve, and comfort with humility and compassion."

"Taking the oath at the beginning of medical school is meant to instill in students a sense of responsibility, professionalism, and compassion for patients throughout their medical education," states Paul Carlson, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs. Students will also receive the symbol of their chosen profession - the white coat. Carefully selected from a competitive group of more than 3,230 applicants, the class of 2011 will start orientation to medical school on Monday and classes the following week.

Paula Termuhlen, M.D., chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and associate professor of surgery and program director for the General Surgery Residency, is the invited speaker for the event. She holds an M.D. from St. Louis University, completed a surgical residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and a fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.