After dedicating four or more years to intense study and rigorous, specialized training, the 101 members of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2011 were awarded M.D. degrees during the school’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 27.
In addition to the conferring of degrees, the evening event, held in the Schuster Performing Arts Center in downtown Dayton, included a “hooding ceremony” in which graduates received traditional regalia denoting their status and profession. The graduates 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.
Samuel Shem delivered the commencement address entitled “How to Stay Human in Medicine.” Samuel Shem is the pen name of Stephen Bergman, M.D., Ph.D., a graduate of Harvard College (Phi Beta Kappa), a Rhodes scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, and a graduate of Harvard Medical School, who served on the faculty of Harvard for 35 years.
In addition to the degrees, several special awards and honors were presented during the ceremony:
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Christopher S. Warrell
For commitment to academic excellence, empathy and compassion toward others, personal integrity and professionalism, and earning the respect and trust of classmates and faculty
Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award—
Jess D. Levy (student) and Karen Kirkham, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine (faculty) For consistently demonstrating compassion and empathy in the delivery of care to patients.
Teaching Excellence Award—
William Rundell Jr., M.D., clinical professor of surgery For outstanding professional skill and pride in discharging his instructional duties