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The Science of Medicine. The Art of Healing.

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is located in Dayton, Ohio, and serves the Miami Valley region of Southwest Ohio. Its educational programs include:

Instead of operating a university-based hospital for clinical training, Wright State is affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals in the Greater Dayton area and has formal affiliation agreements with more than 25 other health care institutions in the Miami Valley. This model exposes medical students and resident physicians to a diverse range of patients and health care facilities. Medical educators believe that this "real world" experience is excellent preparation for medical careers in a rapidly changing health care system.

The school's academic departments include basic science departments located on the Wright State University campus and clinical departments based throughout the community. Wright State's clinical faculty teach and provide medical care for almost half a million patient visits annually. In addition to almost 465 full-time faculty, Wright State's voluntary faculty include more than 1,250 physicians in private practice and other health care professionals in the community. Voluntary faculty provide an invaluable service by donating their time and expertise to the training and development of both medical students and residents.

Our innovative educational programs have made the Boonshoft School of Medicine a national leader in generalist medicine, community service and the diversity of our student body. Our research programs are distinguished by interdisciplinary teamwork and community collaboration and include nationally recognized centers of excellence in genomics, toxicology, neuroscience, substance abuse and treatment, and human growth and development.

A Carnegie-classified research university with nearly 17,000 students on two campuses, Wright State University offers more than 100 undergraduate and 76 master's, doctoral and professional degree programs through eight colleges and three schools, including the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

About the Dean

Margaret M. Dunn, M.D., M.B.A., FACS

Margaret-Dunn_2014.pngMargaret M. Dunn, M.D., M.B.A., FACS, was appointed dean of the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University effective Feb. 3, 2015. Dunn has been with the medical school since 1982. In her more than 30 years at Wright State, she has sustained an extensive record of academic and administrative accomplishments and has made significant contributions to the growth and operation of the school’s clinical, educational and research programs.

Dunn’s experience includes leadership positions within the Boonshoft School of Medicine and Wright State Physicians, Inc., the school's faculty practice plan, which is one of the largest physician-managed multispecialty groups in the Dayton, Ohio, region. She served as the executive associate dean of the medical school and president and CEO of Wright State Physicians from 2007 to 2013. She was responsible for the construction of the Wright State Physicians Health Center, a 66,000-square-foot building on the campus of Wright State University that opened in June 2012.

A professor of surgery at the medical school, Dunn is currently a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and serves on its Board of Regents. She was instrumental in the formation of and is past president of the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and was in the charter class of the prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® program for women in medicine.

A pioneer in advancing women in surgery, Dunn was the first woman to practice general surgery in the Dayton region. In 2011, AWS honored her with its most prestigious award, the Nina Starr Braunwald Award, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of women in surgery. Dunn is certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

A native of Freeport, New York, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University and holds an M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed her surgery residency and served as chief surgical resident at Einstein-Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. She completed an M.B.A. at Wright State University and is a member of the honorary medical society Alpha Omega Alpha.

Points of Pride

Points of Pride

Two AAFP Top Ten Awards

Known for its strong social mission, the medical school has been honored twice since 2013 with Top Ten Awards from the American Academy of Family Physicians as one of the nation’s top medical schools with the highest percentage of graduates who enter family medicine after graduation.

Home of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness

The Boonshoft School of Medicine is the new home of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI), founded by noted author Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. More 17,000 medical students nationwide have taken RISHI’s groundbreaking course The Healer’s Art, which helps students strengthen their calling and experience a deeper sense of meaning, community and commitment to their work.

Unique, integrated dual-degree programs

The Physician Leadership Development Program (PLDP) allows medical students to obtain a master’s degree (M.B.A. or M.P.H.) while pursuing their medical degree over five years. PLDP provides a unique opportunity to integrate medical and graduate studies through a longitudinal clinical experience that all students take during their graduate term.

Grads accepted into top residency programs

Our graduates have been accepted into the nation’s top residency programs, including the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, UCLA Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, New York-Presbyterian University Hospital, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Duke University, Stanford University and Wright State University.

96th percentile for grads in primary care

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Benchmark Performance Measures, the Boonshoft School of Medicine ranks in the 96th percentile for the percentage of our graduates who practice in primary care. We also ranked in the 73rd percentile for graduates practicing in underserved areas and in the 66th percentile for graduates practicing in rural areas during the same time period.

First in Team-Based Learning™

The Boonshoft School of Medicine was the first medical school in the nation to implement Team-Based Learning™, giving students real-world experience by working closely in small groups to master material, applying their knowledge to clinical cases and defending their diagnosis and treatment plans. Our faculty experts have provided training in Team-Based Learning™ and curriculum development to more than 40 medical and health profession schools in the United States and more than 10 worldwide.

Neuroscience Institute named Ohio Center of Excellence

Designated as a University System of Ohio Center of Excellence, the Wright State University & Premier Health Neuroscience Institute unites the Dayton region’s most advanced biomedical research institution with the clinical resources of its leading hospital system. The $37 million Neuroscience Engineering Collaboration Building completed in 2015 is unique in the nation in bringing together basic researchers, clinical researchers and engineers to develop not only new treatments and cures but also medical devices and imaging technologies that will revolutionize medicine.

Longest-running civilian aerospace medicine program

Wright State has the longest-running civilian training program for doctors specializing in medicine related to air and space travel. Since 1978, Wright State’s Aerospace Medicine Program has provided NASA with a steady supply of flight surgeons and also has trained the medical leadership for start-up space programs in a dozen other nations. Michael Barratt, M.D., a 1991 graduate of the program served as an astronaut on the last flight of NASA’s shuttle program, his second voyage into space.

National leader in community-based medical education

Our school is a national leader in community-based medical education, providing clinical training at seven major teaching hospitals. Two of these institutions are premier federal hospitals and another one operates the busiest emergency department in the state of Ohio.

Nation leader in civilian/military integrated residency programs

For more than 30 years, the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Dayton Children’s Hospital and the U.S. Air Force have partnered to offer the nation’s only civilian-military integrated pediatric residency program, one of six civilian-military residency programs at Wright State training 137 military residents. 

Pioneer in emergency medicine

Wright State created the fourth academic Department of Emergency Medicine in the United States and initiated one of the first 10 emergency medicine residency programs in the nation, graduating its first class in 1980.

Among the Best Doctors®

Twenty-five Boonshoft School of Medicine faculty and clinicians affiliated with Wright State Physicians were named to the 2015-16 Best Doctors® in America list. They represented 42 percent of the 59 Dayton-area doctors named. Thirteen Boonshoft School of Medicine alumni who practice locally also were included on the prestigious list.

Social Mission

Boonshoft School of Medicine Ranks Fourth in the Nation for Its Social Mission

A 2010 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine ranks the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine fourth in the nation for its social mission. The study, entitled “The Social Mission of Medical Education: Ranking the Schools,” measured the percentage of graduates who practice primary care, work in health professional shortage areas and are underrepresented minorities, and combined the data into a composite social mission score. It was the first to score all U.S. medical schools on their ability to meet a social mission.

To determine the true outcomes of medical education rather than the intermediate preferences of medical students and residents, the study tracked physicians in practice after the completion of all training and national service obligations. The researchers examined data from medical school graduates from 1999 to 2001. This approach differs from previous studies, which relied on the initial residency selection or reported specialty preference of students. This study pinpoints where graduates are and what type of medicine they actually practice.

çThe study provides a balance to other rankings such as the U.S. News & World Report rankings that emphasize research funding, student selectivity and school reputation, which is very subjective,” said Howard Part, M.D., dean of the medical school at the time of the study. “Since many medical school graduates who enter primary care residencies such as internal medicine, ultimately practice in sub-specialty areas such as cardiology or gastroenterology, studies that only track initial residency selection can be misleading. The methodology used in this study gives a much clearer picture of how many graduates actually practice primary care.”

As the nation’s health system faces an influx of newly insured patients, the study examined the record of 141 U.S. medical schools in graduating physicians to meet the need for more primary care physicians and highlights the role medical schools play in determining the make up of the U.S. physician workforce. The study was funded with a grant from the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.

“Where doctors choose to work, and what specialty they select, are heavily influenced by medical school,” said lead author Fitzhugh Mullan, M.D., a professor of health policy at George Washington University. “By recruiting minority students and prioritizing the training of primary care physicians and promoting practice in underserved areas, medical schools will help deliver the health care that Americans desperately need,” he said.

Top 20 Medical Schools

  1. Morehouse College, Ga.
  2. Meharry Medical College, Tenn.
  3. Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  4. Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Ohio
  5. University of Kansas, Kan.
  6. Michigan State University, Mich.
  7. East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine, N.C.
  8. University of South Alabama, Ala.
  9. Universidad de Puerto Rico en Ponce, Puerto Rico
  10. University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa
  1. Oregon Health & Science University, Ore.
  2. East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine, Tenn.
  3. University of Mississippi, Miss.
  4. University of Kentucky, Ky.
  5. Southern Illinois University, Ill.
  6. Marshall University Joan C. Edwards University, W.Va.
  7. University of Massachusetts Medical School, Mass.
  8. University of Illinois, Ill.
  9. University of New Mexico, N.M.
  10. University of Wisconsin, Wis.


Created by Community Leaders

The vision for a medical school at Wright State University originated with Dayton area physicians and community leaders who recognized that using existing hospitals and other clinical resources would be a cost-effective model for medical education. In return, the school's community involvement would strengthen the health care system throughout the region.

In 1970, just three years after the Ohio General Assembly officially chartered Wright State as an independent state university, university leaders asked for support for a new medical school. They presented a feasibility study based upon what they called the "concept of community" and outlined the broad base of support they had identified for developing such a school.

In 1972, Congress passed the Veterans Administration Medical School Assistance and Health Manpower Training Act, also known as the Teague Cranston Act, which provided financial support for establishing five new U.S. medical schools, including one at Wright State University. The VA awarded the school a $19.5 million, seven-year grant for faculty support and facilities. Other major founding donors included Mrs. Virginia Kettering, who contributed $1 million in unrestricted funds, and the Fordham Foundation, which provided $500,000 for a medical library.

The school was established by the Ohio General Assembly in 1973. A key to selecting the founding dean was finding a leader who could bring to life the community service vision of the school's founders. Many felt that objective was accomplished with the hiring of John R. Beljan, M.D., in 1974.

The school's charter class began studies in 1976 and graduated in 1980. Since then, almost 3,000 M.D.’s have graduated from Wright State. Wright State alumni are practicing in almost every state in the nation. (See: alumni map.)

The strong commitment to community became one of the school's hallmarks. That commitment was recognized nationally when the Association of American Medical Colleges granted the school the prestigious Outstanding Community Service Award in 1997.

In 2005, the school changed its name to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in recognition of the Oscar Boonshoft family, which gave Wright State's largest philanthropic gift to the medical school.

In fall 2008, the medical school held a grand opening for a new Medical Education Center in White Hall (shown left). The new facility is the result of a three-year project to completely renovate the former Frederick A. White Health Center for Ambulatory Care and to expand the building with an 18,000-square-foot addition. In total, the facility now includes more than 84,000 square feet of lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories, offices, study spaces, computer labs, and common areas, all devoted to the specialized training of tomorrow's finest medical professionals. Read more.

Last edited on 05/13/2016.