Members of the entering class of 2016 conquered the outdoor climbing and rappelling tower and a low ropes course at the Wright State Challenge Course during orientation week. The experience helped the 103 students get to know one another during their first week of medical school.
Orientation kicked off on July 27 with an ice cream social. Students and their friends and family members also attended the Convocation and White Coat Ceremony on July 29 in the Schuster Performing Arts Center.
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.