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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30 , 2004

Wright State Class of 2008 Medical Students Begin Studies with
Taking a Student Oath of Ethics

DAYTON, Ohio--At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, Wright State University School of Medicine welcomes 90 new students and their families. Carefully selected from a competitive group of almost 2,800 applicants, the class of 2008 will start orientation on Monday and classes the following week.

At the annual Convocation Ceremony the students 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," states Paul Carlson, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs. Students will also receive the symbol of their chosen profession--the white coat.

Arthur S. Pickoff, M.D., chair and professor of the Department of Pediatrics is the invited speaker for the event. Pickoff holds a B.A. from Queens College, and an M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He completed an internship and pediatrics residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital, a pediatric cardiology fellowship and was a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral trainee in cardiac electrophysiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida. Pickoff is certified in pediatrics with subspecialty certification in pediatric cardiology by the American Board of Pediatrics. He came to Wright State in 2000 from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he was professor of pediatrics and director of the Section of Pediatric Cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. Pickoff has published nine book chapters and more than 60 articles in scientific and medical journals. His research interests include the pharmacology of anti-arrhythmic medications in children and the electrophysiology of the immature heart.

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 and the diversity of our medical student population and our research programs are distinguished by interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration within the community.