Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomed 104 new students during the annual Convocation and White Coat Ceremony at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton on July 28. This year’s White Coat Ceremony was dedicated to Robert P. Turk, M.D., clinical professor of surgery emeritus, for his tireless service to Boonshoft School of Medicine students and residents, and his steadfast commitment to the ceremony since its inception.
Students in the class of 2017 were carefully selected from a group of 4,400 applicants, a record number for the medical school. Fifty-four percent are women, while 46 percent are men. They speak many of the world’s languages including Spanish, Chinese, French, Italian, Polish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Pennsylvania Dutch, Japanese, Urdu, Hindi, Greek, Arabic, Gujarati and Korean. One student speaks five languages — English, Spanish, Hebrew, Russian and Yiddish.