DAYTON, Ohio-At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center, Wright State University School of Medicine welcomes 100 new students and their families during the students' first "Rite of Passage"-Convocation. Immediately following Convocation, the school will formally adopt its new name, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, in a Naming Ceremony honoring the extraordinary generosity of the Oscar Boonshoft family.
At a recent press conference, university officials announced a $28.5 million dollar gift to the School of Medicine from the Boonshoft family. Howard M. Part, M.D., dean of the medical school, calls the gift transformational. "This gift positions the School of Medicine to play a leadership role in medical education nationally and become an unparalleled community resource," he says. "It benefits everyone - current and future faculty, staff, and students as well as our alumni and community." University and school officials will recognize the impact of the gift and confer the new name on the school before incoming students, individuals who will witness the impact of the transformation.
At the annual Convocation Ceremony, students 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. Carefully selected from a competitive group of more than 2,700 applicants, the class of 2009 will start orientation to medical school on Monday and classes the following week.
Mark Clasen, M.D., Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of Family Medicine, is the invited speaker for Convocation. He holds an M.D. and a Ph.D. in human anatomy from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. Clasen is a diplomat and fellow with the American Board of Family Practice and is certified in family practiceand geriatric medicine.
Oscar Boonshoft obtained his mechanical engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. After a 30-year career at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, initially as a Project Manager, then as a USAF Contracting Officer, and finally as a Supervisory Production Engineer, he retired in January 1970. Boonshoft and his late wife Marjorie have supported science and medicine in a number of capacities. He is a member of the Wright State University Foundation Board of Trustees.
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