Ninety new members of the class of 2005 will begin their medical student careers on Sunday, August 5.
Formal activities begin at Wright State's Student Union Multipurpose Room at 3:00 p.m. with the traditional "White Coat Ceremony." About 500 family members are expected to attend. This is a medical school tradition in which students receive their white laboratory coats and take their first oath of professional responsibility. "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," according to Paul Carlson, Ph.D., associate dean for student affairs.
Margaret Dunn, M.D., associate dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs, and professor of surgery is the featured speaker for the event.
Other activities planned for the day include a welcoming brunch sponsored by the class of 2004. Frank Nagy, Ph.D., professor of anatomy, and Bruce Binder, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of family medicine, will make an informal presentation on the first year curriculum. Members of the Class of 2004 will also offer tours for new students and their families. At 1:30 p.m., families will attend a formal orientation program while the incoming students prepare for the ceremony.
Wright State medical students start school earlier than most others. According to Dr. Carlson, the early start is meant to "decompress" a challenging medical school schedule to allow students more time to prepare for exams later in the year.