From the Dean: Winter 2017


The Boonshoft School of Medicine has always been a dynamic place, full of ingenuity, with a passion for service. We continue our pace of steady, meaningful advancement. And our remarkable students, faculty, staff, and alumni are tackling some of the world’s toughest problems. You can see why I’m so excited for what the future may bring.

In more ways than one, we are charting new territory at the medical school. I hope you’ll get a sense of our momentum as you read this edition of Vital Signs.

Our cover story is about physician resiliency, a topic that is sometimes difficult to broach within our community. The expectation for generations of physicians, reinforced by patients and often doctors themselves, has been to deliver care with quiet reserve. Thankfully, things are beginning to change — doctors and other health care professionals are realizing that a stiff upper lip may belie hidden struggles with burnout or compassion fatigue, issues far more common than traditionally thought.

Hard data and personal experience have led many physicians to come together to tackle the issues that are inextricably linked to the physician shortage and the quality of patient care. The Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness is one entity leading the charge.

Elsewhere on the frontlines, our alumni are busy delivering medical care in disadvantaged third-world regions. They are at work battling the spread of diseases like ebola and cholera, and providing care to pediatric cancer patients in sub-Saharan Africa. One of our groundbreaking professors is also showing that women physicians can make time for family while maintaining their commitment to patient care.

As we continue to move forward, I want to thank you for your encouragement and support of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Without the tireless work of the Wright State family and our alumni and friends, none of this would be possible.

-Margaret Dunn, M.D., M.B.A., FACS Dean

Research spotlight

Wright State University awarded prestigious grant from the Office of Naval Research

The Office of Naval Research has awarded Wright State University researchers a $7.5 million, five-year Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant to study precision medicine approaches to physical training.

A Closer Look

Life-saving Medical Care for Law Enforcement Officers

When a police officer taking his fitness test during SWAT school at the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy in London, Ohio, dropped to the ground suffering from cardiac arrest, Brian L. Springer, M.D., jumped into action and resuscitated the officer.


Learn, lead, and serve

Kate Conway, M.D., ’05, wasn’t sure she wanted to attend medical school. She loved studying biology, but she also loved theater and creative writing. So when she was in college, a wise mentor encouraged her to explore her other interests.

Issues in Depth

A Meaningful Work

Uniting in the face of a trying profession, physicians come together to find improved resilience and meaning in their work