For more information, contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine Marketing and Communications, Cindy Young at (937) 775-2951, or Phillip Neal at (937) 775-4587.

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August 3, 2009

WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine convocation marks an important milestone for 100 future physicians

New medical students and their supporters gather for ceremony, oath to welcome the class of 2013

DAYTON, Ohio-On Sunday, August 2, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomed 100 new students and their families during a special ceremony to formally mark the start of students' medical education.

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."

During the ceremony, students received the symbol of their chosen profession - the white coat. Carefully selected from a competitive group of almost 3,000 applicants, the class of 2013 will start orientation to medical school on Monday and begin classes the following week.

Margaret M. Dunn, M.D., M.B.A., FACS, professor of surgery and executive associate dean of the medical school and chief executive officer of Wright State Physicians, the school's faculty practice plan, was the invited speaker for the event. Dunn joined the medical school faculty in 1982 and has held numerous leadership positions, including associate dean for faculty and clinical affairs and associate program director of the school's Integrated Surgical Residency Program. Dunn earned her M.D. degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed her general surgery residency at Einstein-Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and a past president of the Association of Women Surgeons and the Ohio Chapter ACS.

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Editor's Note: For more information, contact Phillip Neal, Marketing and Communications, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, (937) 775-4587 or phillip.neal@wright.edu.