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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2008

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomes the class of 2012

100 students and their supporters gather for formal ceremony, oath to mark the start of their medical education

DAYTON, Ohio-On Sunday, August 3, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomed 100 new students and their families during the students' first "Rite of Passage" - Convocation.

Convocation 2008
Convocation 2008

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

"Convocation truly is the first step of students' journey into the medical profession," said Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., associate dean of Student Affairs and Admissions. "This year's ceremony also marked the start of a new tradition. The class of 2012 will be the first to take part in total utilization of the new Medical Education Center at White Hall."

"We have a very diverse class this year," LeRoy added, "with students from all walks of life and different undergraduate backgrounds. This makes for a very inclusive group of students who have the potential to become excellent, caring, patient-centered physicians of the future."

During the ceremony, students received the symbol of their chosen profession - the white coat. Carefully selected from a competitive group of more than 3,097 applicants, the class of 2012 will start orientation to medical school August 4 and begin classes the following week.

Virginia C. Wood, M.D., FACP, FCCM, program director of the Internal Medicine Residency program and associate professor of medicine, was the invited speaker for the event. She holds an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, completed an internal medicine residency at Miami Valley Hospital, and completed fellowship training in critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. As residency program director, Dr. Wood oversees 100 internal medicine and medicine/pediatric residents training at four Dayton-area hospitals.

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