FAIRBORN — After four or more years of intense study and specialized training, 105 medical students of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2014 received their M.D. degrees during the school’s commencement ceremony at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 23.
Local graduate Elizabeth A. Markus of Fairborn received the Geriatric Medicine Award, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging, for excellence in the study of geriatrics. She will begin her residency in internal medicine at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.
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 specialty of their choice. The new physicians will enter outstanding residency training programs in Dayton, throughout Ohio, and nationwide, including Cleveland Clinic, University of California at San Francisco, Duke University, the Mayo Clinic, University of Pennsylvania and New York Presbyterian-Columbia. (See http://www.med.wright.edu/whatsnew/2014/match.)
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 425 medical students and 431 residents in 13 specialty areas such as surgery, family medicine and emergency medicine. Its research enterprise encompasses centers in the basic sciences, epidemiology, public health and community outreach programs. More than 1,492 of the medical school’s 3,033 alumni remain in medical practice in Ohio.