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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2006

Continuing the Tradition of the "Caring Doctor"

DAYTON, OHIO-The Class of 2008 at Wright State University School of Medicine reaffirmed its dedication to the ethics and professionalism of medicine in a ceremony on July 19. Organized by the students and supported by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, the Student Clinician's Ceremony celebrates the students' entry into the third year of medical school, a year of rotations through Dayton's "teaching community."

Held at Wright State's Student Union Apollo Room, at 6:00 p.m., the keynote speaker was Janice M. Duke, M.D., assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology.

"This ceremony is meant to reaffirm the values of patient-centered care and humanism in medicine," states Amber Vasquez, a student organizer for the event. The students will commit to maintain the highest standards of professional conduct, approach their education with honesty and integrity, respect the humanity of all patients, and value the knowledge and wisdom of all physicians, teachers, and colleagues. "This is truly a privileged experience: the opportunity to care for people, to learn from distinguished mentors from our own community," says Vasquez.

Presentation of "Humanism and Excellence in Teaching" awards by the class of 2007 to their outstanding resident teachers will be made to:

› Antoinette T. Burns, D.O., Pediatrics Residency Program
› David A. Hart, M.D., Psychiatry Residency Program
› Talieh Hendi, M.D., Internal Medicine Residency Program
› Louisa L. Pecchioni, M.D., Surgery Residency Program
› Erron L. Simmons, M.D., Family Medicine Residency Program, and
› Ned L. Williams, D.O., Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency Program

Michele Arthurs, Year IV medical student, will lead the students in the pledge which begins, "I publicly acknowledge and accept the privileges and responsibilities given to me as a physician in training and dedicate myself to provide care to those in need."

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation promotes humanism in medicine at medical schools through White Coat Ceremonies, curricula and activities, which instill idealism in medical practice. It is dedicated to creating innovative medical education programs that foster humanism in medicine. The foundation's goal is to nurture and perpetuate the tradition of the caring doctor.