The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will welcome 103 new students during a special ceremony on Sunday, July 29, to formally mark the start of their medical education. The annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton.
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 also will receive a white coat – a traditional symbol of the medical profession – personalized with his or her name and the medical school patch.
The ceremony represents an important milestone in each student’s journey to enter the profession of medicine. It also marks the first time these students will gather as a class and meet the people who will share, during 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 more than 3,000 applicants, will begin orientation on Monday, July 30. Classes will soon follow.
The class of 2016 draws from a variety of undergraduate experiences. Educated at various universities across Ohio and from Columbia University to Stanford University, the 103 members of the entering class have already shown a strong commitment to community service both at home and abroad. They have shadowed doctors, volunteered in hospitals, observed open heart surgery and conducted research. One class member volunteered as a Spanish interpreter in a free health clinic. Others have volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Some have served at soup kitchens. Some have studied abroad in Ecuador, Spain and Italy. Two students participated in a medical mission trip to Honduras, and another was a spokesperson for cystic fibrosis. One student is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.
Fifty-two percent are women, while 48 percent are men. They speak 16 different languages.
At the July 29 ceremony, Conrad Fischer, M.D., FACP, will address the students and their friends, family members and other supporters in attendance. He is the author or Routine Miracles: Restoring Faith and Hope in Medicine. Fischer is an infectious disease specialist, a teacher of medicine and an influential medical advocate. He is an associate professor of medicine, physiology and pharmacology at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York.