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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1 , 2003

New Medical Students Begin Four Years of Study
to become Twenty-First Century Physicians

Dayton, Ohio-On Sunday, August 3, at 3:00 p.m., 90 medical students will begin the rigorous task of becoming physicians. At the annual Convocation Ceremony held in Wright State University's Student Union, the student's will 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," according to Paul Carlson, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs. Wright State University School of Medicine has been admitting students into its M.D. program since 1976 and has graduated 1982 physicians during that time.

Janice M. Duke, M.D., a 1996 alumna of Wright State University School of Medicine and an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is the invited speaker for the event. Duke holds a B.A. in chemistry from Wittenberg University and an M.S. in chemistry from The Ohio State University. She completed her residency at the Wright State University Affilited Hospitals Integrated Ob/Gyn Program, and has been a faculty member at Wright State since 2002. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, the American Medical Association, the Ohio State Medical Society, the Montgomery County Medical Society, and the Dayton Ob/Gyn Society. She serves on the student education committee for her department as well as serving as advisor to the Ob/Gyn Medical Student Club.

The School of Medicine's mission of excellence goes beyond traditional categories of education, research, and service. As a community-based medical school it is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities and health care resources of the Dayton community it serves. Wright State's innovative educational programs have made it a national leader in primary care medicine. The diversity of our medical student population and our research programs are distinguished by interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration within the community.