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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2007

Continuing the Tradition of the "Caring Doctor"

DAYTON, OHIO-The Class of 2009 at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will reaffirm its dedication to the ethics and professionalism of medicine in a ceremony on July 16. 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.Student Clinicians Ceremony Image

Held at Wright State's Student Union Apollo Room, at 6:00 p.m., the keynote speaker will be John Donnelly, M.D., associate professor of family medicine and community health at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

"This ceremony is meant to reaffirm the values of patient-centered care and humanism in medicine," states Kavi Kuchipudi, 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 Kuchipudi.

Presentation of "Humanism and Excellence in Teaching" awards by the class of 2008 to their outstanding resident teachers will be made to: Jon H. Baker, Jr., D.O., Family Medicine Residency Program; Pamela J. Broderick, M.D., Psychiatry Residency Program; Toby J. Genrich, M.D., Obstetrics/Gynecology Residency Program; Brandon T. Grover, D.O., Surgery Residency Program; Sarah M. Hedrick, M.D., Internal Medicine Residency Program; and Jeremy M. Sikora, M.D., Pediatrics Residency Program.

William Cornwell from the class of 2008 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.