After four or more years of intense study and specialized training, the 107 members of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2013 received their M.D. degrees during the school’s commencement ceremony at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 24.
In addition to the conferring of degrees, the event included a “hooding ceremony” in which graduates received traditional regalia denoting their status and profession. They also took a professional oath to mark the start of their medical careers and signed a registry to commemorate their first use of the initials M.D. following their names.
In July, the graduates will begin prestigious residencies and receive advanced training in the medical specialty of their choice. The new physicians will enter outstanding residency training programs in Dayton, throughout Ohio, and across the country, including Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Clinic, Cambridge Health Alliance (Harvard), Duke University and the Mayo Clinic.
More than a third of the Wright State graduates will remain in Ohio during residency, and more than half will enter a primary care field such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine/family medicine and psychiatry/family medicine.
Michelle Au, M.D., author of This Won’t Hurt a Bit (and Other White Lies), delivered the commencement address. Au serves as a staff anesthesiologist at Physician Specialists in Anesthesia at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. She started her popular blog “The Underwear Drawer” in October 2000 during her second year of medical school. In 2011, she published her memoir, This Won’t Hurt a Bit (and Other White Lies), about modern medical education and trying to juggle a medical residency with having a baby.
Each year the graduating class presents an Appreciation Award to recognize an individual or organization for significant contributions to the medical school. The class of 2013 honored Children’s Medical Center of Dayton, recognizing its unique partnership with the medical school in training future doctors to become the next generation of pediatric experts and advancing research in pediatric medicine to discover the treatments and cures of tomorrow.
Marjorie A. Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., dean of the medical school, presented the Dean’s Award to graduating student Jeffrey E. Otte, who demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, embodies empathy and compassion toward others, exemplifies personal integrity and professionalism and has earned the respect and trust of classmates and faculty.
The medical school presented several other awards.
The Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Gregory Toussaint, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, who was selected by the Class of 2013 as the faculty member displaying outstanding professional skill and pride in discharging his instructional duties.
The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award was presented by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation to graduate Casey K. McCluskey and to faculty member Virginia C. Wood, M.D., associate professor, internal medicine, for consistently demonstrating compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients.
The American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement was given to Kathryn Baker-Baxstrom, Sarah M. Elswick, Lauren M. Ford, Poorni M. Manohar, Colleen M. McCormick and Tasha A. Vardya, who are graduating in the top 10 percent of the class.
The Glenn C. Hamilton, M.D., Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award was given to Amipratapba Gohil, recognizing interest and accomplishment in emergency medicine.
The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award was given to Kevin J. Yavorcik, the graduate who has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in emergency medicine.
The Walbroehl Award for Family Medicine was given to Brendan J. Neary, for excellence in family medicine.
The Department of Internal Medicine Outstanding Senior Student Award was presented to Eric W. Hard.
The Homer Cassel, M.D., Award was presented by the Dayton Society of Internal Medicine in honor of the late Dr. Homer D. Cassel, to Miriam Harewood-Makola, for outstanding scholarship and commitment to the specialty of internal medicine.
The Merck Manual Awards (Merck Company) were presented to Eric W. Hard, Jeffrey E. Otte and Tasha A. Vardya, who exemplify scholastic achievement in medical studies.
The Department of Pediatrics Award was given to Lauren M. Ford, who is committed to a career in pediatrics and has shown outstanding performance in pediatrics during the clinical years.
The Department of Psychiatry Outstanding Senior Student Award was presented to Claire Brandon.
The Nicholas J. Thompson Award was given to Tasha A. Vardya, who is committed to a career in obstetrics/gynecology and has shown outstanding performance in obstetrics/gynecology during the clinical years.
The Dan W. Elliott, M.D., Award was presented to Sarah M. Elswick, who is committed to a career in surgery and has shown outstanding performance in surgery during the clinical years.
The Geriatric Medicine Award, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging, was given to Meaghan F. Ebetino and Rachel L. Snyder, for excellence in the study of geriatrics.
The Reach Out of Montgomery County Student Volunteer Appreciation Award was given to James E. Atkins, Cole C. Budinsky, Colleen M. McCormick and Elizabeth S. Ranasinghe.
The Global Service Award was presented to Shanna Duffy Stryker, who has a history of volunteering and rotated in a medically underserved area internationally.
The 2013 Excellence in Public Health Award was given to Casey K. McCluskey.
The John Worthman, M.D., Award was presented to Kyle L. Ott for entering into the Wright State University Family Medicine Residency.