Next generation of doctors takes first ethics oath in Dayton

Members of the next class of medical students at Wright State University now have their white coats and a stethoscope, after taking their first oath of professional medical ethics on Sunday.

There were 120 students accepted into the upcoming class at the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

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The white coat ceremony, held this year in downtown Dayton at the Schuster Center, is the traditional start of each new class’s medical education.

At the convocation each student received a white coat personalized with their name and the medical school patch. Students also received a stethoscope, paid for by donations from alumni, faculty and friends.

The students were selected from a group of 6,182 applicants and began orientation on July 5. Classes begin on Thursday.

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According to a statement from Boonshoft, 60 percent of the students in the class of 2023 are from Ohio, 64 percent are women; 27 percent are from populations underrepresented in medicine; and 70 percent speak several languages, including French, German, Hindi, Nepali, Persian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is a community-based medical school affiliated with eight major teaching hospitals and provides medical education for more than 480 medical students and 465 residents and fellows in 13 specialty areas and 10 subspecialties.

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