After four or more years of intense study and specialized training, 99 medical students in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2017, including Laura Wolgamott of Loudonville, received their M.D. degrees during the school's graduation ceremony at the Victoria Theatre on Friday, May 26, in downtown Dayton.
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 specialties of their choice. The new physicians will enter outstanding residency training programs in Dayton, throughout Ohio and nationwide, including the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Case Western/University Hospitals Case Medical Center, University of Michigan Hospitals -- Ann Arbor, Wake Forest University and Yale University New Haven Hospitals. (See medicine.wright.edu/match).
More than 40 percent of the Wright State graduates will remain in Ohio during residency, and about 22 percent will remain in Southwest Ohio. Almost half (48.5 percent) will enter a primary care field (family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics).
Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., 19th U.S. surgeon general, delivered the commencement address. The son of immigrants from India, Murthy discovered a love for the art of healing early in his childhood while spending time in his father's medical clinic in Miami, Florida. He earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and his M.D. and M.B.A. degrees from Yale University. He completed his residency training at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and Harvard Medical School, where he later joined the faculty as an internal medicine physician and instructor.
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is a community-based medical school affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals in the Dayton area.
The medical school educates the next generation of physicians by providing medical education for more than 444 medical students and 443 residents and fellows in 13 specialty areas and 10 subspecialties. Its research enterprise encompasses centers in the basic sciences, epidemiology, public health and community outreach programs. More than 1,500 of the medical school's 3,229 alumni remain in medical practice in Ohio.