Greene County News
DAYTON — After four or more years of intense study and specialized training, 100 medical students in the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine class of 2016 received their M.D. degrees during the school’s commencement ceremony at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 27.
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 Case Western/University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Stanford University Programs, University of Michigan Hospitals, University of Southern California, Wake Forest University and the Boonshoft School of Medicine. See all the residency results at medicine.wright.edu/match.
Almost half (47 percent) of the Wright State graduates will remain in Ohio during residency, and 24 percent will remain in Southwest Ohio. More than half (52.1 percent) will enter a primary care field (family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics).
Christopher Lewis, M.D., chief educator and production manager for Doctors in Training, an online education company that offers study guides and board review courses for medical students, delivered the commencement address.
Each year the graduating class presents an Appreciation Award to recognize an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to the Boonshoft School of Medicine. The class of 2016 honored Evangeline C. Andarsio, M.D., who graduated from the medical school in 1984 and is double boarded in family practice and obstetrics and gynecology.
A clinical associate professor at the medical school, she was in private practice for more than 25 years as an obstetrician-gynecologist until retiring in January 2016. She also is the assistant director of the Remen Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (RISHI) at Wright State and director of its National Healer’s Art Program. The Healer’s Art course is taught annually in more than 90 medical schools in the United States and abroad.
Andarsio dedicates her extra time to developing spiritual connections in the medical profession and the doctor-patient relationship. She has passion not only for being of service to her patients but also for serving other physicians and health care professionals. In 2009, she initiated the Annual Medicine-Spirituality Conference sponsored by the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Premier Health, Hospice of Dayton and others.