DAYTON, Ohio-The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will welcome 101 new students during a special ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 1, to formally mark the start of their medical education. The annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held in the Schuster Performing Arts Center's Mead Theater in downtown Dayton at 2 p.m.
During the ceremony, students will 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." Each student will also receive a white coat - a traditional symbol of the medical profession - personalized with his or her name and the medical school patch.
"This ceremony represents an important milestone in students' journey to enter the profession of medicine," said Gary L. LeRoy, M.D., associate dean of student affairs and admissions. "It is also the first time they will gather as a class and meet the people who will share, over the next four or more years, what may be some of the most memorable and intense experiences of their lives."
The students, who were carefully selected from a group of nearly 3,000 applicants, will not have long to savor this poignant celebration. Orientation for the class of 2014 will start on Monday, and students will begin formal classes the following week.
Roger Pacholka, M.D., FACEP, will address the students and their friends, family members and other supporters in attendance. Board certified in emergency medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP), Pacholka is an emergency medicine physician in the Emergency and Trauma Center at Miami Valley Hospital. He also serves as medical director for the city of Xenia Fire Department and as clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine with the medical school, where he has received multiple residency program teaching awards.
Pacholka is an alumnus of Wright State many times over. He earned his B.A. from Wright State in 1980, graduated from the Wright State School of Medicine in 1985, and completed the Wright State Emergency Medicine Residency Program in 1988. In addition to his work in the Dayton region, Pacholka and his wife have served as medical missionaries to Swaziland and Mozambique, Africa, for more than 25 years. Together, they have pioneered mobile clinics in rural Swaziland; built two permanent, full-time medical clinics; and are nearing completion of two more. In 2008, Dr. Pacholka was nominated for the USA Today Humanitarian of the Year Award.
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