News from Boonshoft School of Medicine

Match Day 2014

Class of 2014 participates in national Match Day event

One hundred and three members of the Boonshoft School of Medicine Class of 2014 learned on March 21 where they will spend the next three to five years of their lives completing their residency training after receiving their medical degrees in May. Surrounded by friends and family, each student anxiously awaited for his or her envelope to be drawn from a hopper by Dean Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A. Almost half will remain in Ohio during residency, and 20 percent will remain in the Dayton area. Close to half will enter a primary care field. Learn more


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WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine students to hold marrow donor registry drive at White Hall on April 23

(April 18, 2014) When Neil Knight, a first-year medical student, heard about the plight of a 9-year-old boy named Cruz, who was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease, he knew he could help by bringing a marrow donor registry drive to Wright State University.


Boonshoft School of Medicine to host tribute to Robert Peter Turk, M.D., professor emeritus

Dr. Robert Turk(April 15, 2014) Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will host a tribute to the late Dr. Robert P. Turk on Tuesday, April 22, at 6 p.m., in White Hall on the Wright State University campus. Robert P. Turk, M.D., Colonel, USAF (Ret.), professor emeritus at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Hospice of Dayton. He was 82.


Orthopaedic symposium to focus on upper extremity musculoskeletal care

(April 2, 2014) The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, in conjunction with Wright State Physicians Orthopaedics, is hosting a symposium, “Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Care,” on Friday, May 2, 7:30 a.m. to noon, at Wright State University.


James Olson, Ph.D., to present at national science teacher's conference

(March 24, 2014) James E. Olson, Ph.D., professor of emergency medicine, and neuroscience, cell biology, and physiology, was invited by the Society for Neuroscience to present a workshop on neuroscience education for grades 6 through college at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education to be held in Boston. He is teaming up with Rochelle D. Schwartz-Bloom from the Duke University Institute for Brain Sciences to demonstrate how Next Generation Science Standards can be incorporated into classroom activities focusing on neuroscience. Olson will be describing brain mapping — how human sensory systems are represented in an orderly fashion in the brain. The workshop, "Neuroscience as a STEM Subject," will be on April 4.


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Boonshoft School of Medicine accepting applications for Horizons in Medicine

(Feb. 11, 2014) Boonshoft School of Medicine is now taking applications for its 2014 Horizons in Medicine program, which runs from June 9 through July 18. This unique program offers high school students, mostly from disadvantaged or minority backgrounds, the opportunity to see firsthand the science and delivery of health care that forms the foundation of a career in medicine. The application deadline has been extended to April 20.


Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A., named chair of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Jerome Yaklic(Jan. 21, 2014) Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Jerome L. Yaklic, M.D., M.B.A., FACOG, chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has served as acting chair since May 1, 2012. Yaklic has been an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2010, and serves as medical director for Wright State Physicians Women’s Health Care.


Julie Gentile, M.D., appointed to Wright State University Foundation Board of Trustees

Julie Gentile, M.D.(Jan. 16, 2014) Julie Gentile, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry at Boonshoft School of Medicine, was one of four people appointed to serve on the 28-member Wright State University Foundation Board of Trustees. Part of WSU's Division of Advancement, the foundation manages gifts and some scholarship programs that support the university and its students.


Boonshoft School of Medicine professor organizes international conference on inflammation and cancer

Julian Gomez Cambronero, Ph.D.(Jan. 15, 2014) Julian G. Cambronero, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research, is chairing an international research conference sponsored by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The conference, “Phospholipid Cell Signaling and Metabolism in Inflammation and Cancer,” will take place June 1-6, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. Cambronero is organizing the event along with George M. Carman, Ph.D., Board of Governors professor of food science and director of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research.


Surgery resident receives inaugural Professionalism Award from American College of Surgeons

(Jan. 13, 2014) Justin P. Fox, M.D., chief resident in general surgery at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has received the inaugural Jameson L. Chassin, M.D., FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery from the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The award was presented during the college’s business meeting at its annual Clinical Congress, which is one of the largest international meetings of surgeons in the world. The Chassin Award recognizes a chief resident in general surgery who exemplifies the values of compassion, technical skill and devotion to science and learning. The award is administered by the ACS Division of Education and will now be granted on an annual basis.


Department of Geriatrics wins award from Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging logo(Dec. 9, 2013) The Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging recognized the Department of Geriatrics of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and the Dayton Area Agency on Aging, PSA 2 (Planning and Service Area Region 2) with its 2013 Outstanding Area Agency on Aging/Provider Partnership of the Year Award.


Gary LeRoy, M.D., part of effort to encourage minority students to consider family medicine

Gary LeRoy, M.D.(Dec. 9, 2013) The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has adapted the American Medical Association’s outreach program, “Doctors Back to School,” to help increase the number of minority physicians. The program relies on physician mentors such as Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., associate dean for student affairs and admissions and associate professor of family medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, to educate middle- and high-school minority students about family medicine and to encourage them to consider it as a career.


Boonshoft School of Medicine students win statewide Doctor’s Dilemma® contest for second consecutive year

(Dec. 2, 2013) For the second consecutive year, three fourth-year medical students from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine won the statewide student Doctor’s Dilemma® contest at the 2013 Ohio Chapter Scientific Meeting of the American College of Physicians (ACP) on Oct. 10, in Columbus. This year's winners were Doug Laurain, Luke Andera and Robert Beaulieu.


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(Nov. 25, 2013) Two teaching hospitals affiliated with Boonshoft School of Medicine — Miami Valley Hospital and the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center — were named top performers on key quality measures by The Joint Commission in October. The Joint Commission’s Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® program recognizes accredited hospitals that attain excellence on accountability measure performance.


Boulos and UllmanResident, student recognized in Ohio Dermatological Association Annual Meeting poster competition

(Nov. 20, 2013) A dermatology resident and a fourth-year student from Boonshoft School of Medicine received awards in the poster competition at the 2013 Ohio Dermatological Association Annual Meeting in October in Columbus. Scarlett Boulos, M.D., (top left) a first-year resident in the Boonshoft School of Medicine Dermatology Residency Program, received first place, and Catherine Ullman, a fourth-year medical student, received third place.



CITAR experts interviewed for series on prescription drug abuse

(Oct. 22, 2013) Robert G. Carlson, Ph.D., director of the Center for Interventions, Treatment & Addictions Research (CITAR), and Timothy Lane, M.Ed., injury prevention coordinator for CITAR's Unintentional Prescription Drug Poisoning Project, were interviewed for the CoxMedia series on prescription drug abuse, “Prescription for Pain.” (Some Dayton Daily News articles require a subscription.)


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Boonshoft School of Medicine students receive a grant to develop a parenting skills program for young adults at Daybreak

(Sept. 25, 2013) The American Psychiatric Foundation awarded two Boonshoft School of Medicine students with a Helping Hands grant for Project Parenthood, a program designed to provide parenting skills to young adult parents at Daybreak, an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Jasmin Scott, a third-year medical student, and Ashleigh Welko, a fourth-year medical student, designed the program.


Wright State University awards Katherine Cauley, Ph.D., the 2013 Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
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(Sept. 13, 2013) Wright State University recognized Katherine Cauley, Ph.D., director of the Center for Health Communities at the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine, with the 2013 Faculty Award for Excellence in Community Engagement.

WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine students to hold canned food drive April 18-26 to support the Dayton Foodbank

(April 18, 2014) Medical students from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Phi Rho Sigma Medical Society are sponsoring a canned food drive on Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All food collected will be given to the Dayton Foodbank, which distributes food to the hungry throughout Montgomery, Greene and Preble counties.  


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Award-winning film “The House I Live In” to be shown at Boonshoft School of Medicine

(April 9, 2014) Student groups from Boonshoft School of Medicine will host a screening and discussion of the film “The House I Live In,” on Thursday, April 24, 4 to 7 p.m., in the Gandhi Auditorium in White Hall on the WSU campus. The film addresses the War on Drugs, which began more than 40 years ago and has cost more than $1 trillion. The event is free and open to the public.


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New neuroscience researcher brings unique talents, perspective

(Feb. 12, 2014) Debra Mayes, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience, cell biology and physiology, was featured in a story posted in the online Wright State University Newsroom. A researcher who recently joined the WSU and Premier Neuroscience Institute, Mayes' research focuses on how to prevent and repair nerve damage from a disease that can cause behavior and developmental problems in children.


New Neurology Residency Program approved

(Jan. 21, 2014) The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved a new residency program in neurology at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The ACGME is a private, nonprofit council that evaluates and accredits residency programs in the United States. The Neurology Residency Program will help expand the number of neurologists in the Dayton region by training the future leaders in neurology patient care, research and education. The new program, which will begin on July 1, 2014, was approved to accept up to 16 residents.


Robert P. Turk, M.D., professor emeritus at Boonshoft School of Medicine, passes away

Dr. Robert Turk(Jan. 17, 2014) Robert Peter Turk, M.D., Colonel, USAF (Ret.), professor emeritus at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at Hospice of Dayton. He was 82. Dr. Turk will be remembered as a committed physician, a scholar, and an outstanding educator. He served on the voluntary faculty at the medical school from 1976 through 2010.


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Wright State partners with Saudi university to create medical school modeled on Boonshoft School of Medicine

(Dec. 18, 2013) Boonshoft School of Medicine is expanding its global reach under a recent agreement that enables a new medical school in Saudi Arabia to get started in an innovative way, bringing Wright State’s medical education expertise to a new set of students. Under this unique agreement, Unaizah College of Medicine of Qassim University, Saudi Arabia, will deliver a concurrent educational experience for its students, parallel with the Boonshoft School of Medicine’s medical education program. Dean Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., Dean Parmelee, M.D., associate dean for academic affairs, and Larry Prochaska, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry & molecular biology, traveled to Saudi Arabia in early December to meet with representatives of Unaizah College of Medicine to finalize the three-year $5.5 million renewable agreement and plan for its implementation.


Wright State University clinical medicine librarian receives regional 2013 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award

Bette Sydelko(Dec. 3, 2013) The Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association recognized Bette S. Sydelko, M.S.L.S., M.Ed., AHIP, with the 2013 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award at its annual meeting in October. Sydelko, coordinator of assessment and outreach and a clinical medicine librarian with University Libraries at Wright State University, has been instrumental in advancing the skills of WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine students in the domain of evidence-based medicine and clinical decision-making.


Researcher contributes to study that explains why men’s noses are bigger than women’s

Andrew Froehle, Ph.D.(Dec. 3, 2013) A Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine researcher is coauthor of a new study that explains why men’s noses are bigger than women’s. The story went viral and was covered by NBC News, National Geographic, NPR and the Iowa City Press Citizen. Andrew Froehle, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Division of Morphological Sciences and Biostatistics of the Lifespan Health Research Center, worked with researchers on a University of Iowa study that concluded that men’s noses are on average about 10 percent larger than women’s noses.


Boonshoft School of Medicine presents faculty awards to outstanding teachers, mentors

award(Dec. 3, 2013) The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine recognized several faculty members on Nov. 19 at its annual Faculty Awards event, which highlights the importance of teaching within the medical school and recognizes those who exhibit a strong commitment to teaching while serving as a role model to students, residents and colleagues.


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Medical student William Elder Jr. testifies in a congressional briefing about new drug

(Nov. 18, 2013) Before starting KalydecoTM, the first oral drug that treats the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis, medical student William Elder Jr. had lost most of his sense of smell and suffered from debilitating sinus headaches due to the disease. His lung function was slowly beginning to decline, leading to serious lung infections. The drug changed his life. “I wouldn’t have been able to get through my first year of medical school at Wright State University without Kalydeco,” the Stanford University graduate said in testimony at a congressional briefing in July.


Boonshoft School of Medicine names Colleen Hayden manager of curriculum and instructional design

Colleen Hayden(Nov. 15, 2013) Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Colleen Hayden, M.S., as the new manager of curriculum and instructional design in the Office of Academic Affairs, effective Nov. 1. Hayden is responsible for managing and enhancing the medical school’s curriculum and facilitating the development, transition and implementation of a new curriculum, which will be focused on significant learning, milestones, active and engaged learning and professional formation.


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Seven Boonshoft School of Medicine students receive Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarships

(Oct. 29, 2013) Seven students from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine were selected to receive a Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarship. The following students will receive an annual scholarship of $30,000: first-year medical student R.J. Sontag; second-year medical students Cara Schroeder, Thao Tran and Austin J. Williams; third-year medical students Stephen Knox and Zenar Tekeste; and fourth-year medical student Ashley Hotz. Hotz and Knox also were 2012-2013 scholarship recipients.


Therese M. Zink, M.D., M.P.H., named chair of the Department of Family Medicine

Therese Zink, M.D.(Oct. 25, 2013) Boonshoft School of Medicine has named Therese M. Zink, M.D., M.P.H., chair of its Department of Family Medicine, effective Jan. 20, 2014. Zink comes to Wright State from the University of Minnesota (UM) in Minneapolis, where she served as a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Rural Physician Associate Program. She also served as director of UM's Global Family Medicine Pathway, drawing from international medical experience in the republics of Russia, including Chechnya and Ingushetia, and Brazil and Central America.


Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine professor selected to be a Gold Humanism Scholar at Harvard Macy Institute

Sabrina Neeley, Ph.D., M.P.H.(Sept. 20, 2013) The Arnold P. Gold Foundation selected Sabrina Neeley, Ph.D., M.P.H., a Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine assistant professor, as one of eight Gold Humanism Scholars at the Harvard Macy Institute 2014 Program for Educators.


Wright State University names Julian G. Cambronero, Ph.D., Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research

Julian Cambronero, Ph.D.(Sept. 13, 2013) Julian Gomez-Cambronero, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, has been named the Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research.


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WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine students named recipients of AMA Foundation 2013 Physicians of Tomorrow Award

(Sept. 10, 2013) The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation recently named two Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine students recipients of the 2013 Physicians of Tomorrow Award. Kyle Davis was one of 15 recipients nationwide to receive the Physicians of Tomorrow Award, while John Corker was one of two recipients to receive the Johnson F. Hammond, M.D., Physicians of Tomorrow Award for medical journalism


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