Wright State Newsroom – 119 Students Receive MD Degrees in Graduation from Boonshoft School of Medicine “Wright State University


After four or more years of intense study and specialized training, 119 medical students at Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine received their medical degrees at the school’s May 1 graduation ceremony.

After four or more years of intense study and specialized training, 119 medical students from the Class of 2022 at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine received their medical degrees at the school’s graduation ceremony. May 1 at the Wright State Nutter Center.

In addition to the graduation ceremony, the ceremony included a “hood ceremony” in which graduates are presented with traditional regalia denoting their status and profession.

The students also took a professional oath to mark the start of their medical careers and signed a register to commemorate their first use of the initials MD following their name.

Capt. Juliann Althoff, MD, executive director of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Naval Medical Research Unit and a 1995 graduate of Boonshoft School of Medicine, delivered the keynote address.

Althoff has held various leadership positions in the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Joint Task Forces. She trained as a flight surgeon in Pensacola, Florida, and completed a residency in general public health and preventive medicine at Uniformed Services University.

Althoff served as Senior Flight Surgeon with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron (“Marine One”). She also served as the Force Health Protection and Preventive Medicine Officer and Surgeon for the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade in Okinawa, Japan and as the Force Health Protection and Preventive Medicine Officer for U.S. Pacific Command.

Juliann Althoff, Navy captain and graduate of Boonshoft School of Medicine, gave the commencement address at the medical school graduation ceremony.

She has also served as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Navy Surgeon General, Executive Director of the Defense Health Board, and Chief Medical Officer of Naval Medical Center San Diego.

In July, graduates will begin prestigious residencies and receive advanced training in medical specialties of their choice. New physicians will enter exceptional residency training programs in Dayton, throughout Ohio, and nationwide, including Boonshoft School of Medicine, Case Western/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Emory University, Loyola University Medical Center , Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Brown University, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Wake Forest University. A complete list of all matches is available at medicine.wright.edu/match.

More than 34% of Wright State graduates will stay in Ohio during residency, and 20% will stay in Dayton. Fifteen graduates will complete their residency at Wright State University.

More than one-third (37.3%) will enter a primary care area — family medicine: 8.5%; internal medicine: 20.3%; and pediatrics: 8.5%.

The Boonshoft School of Medicine has awarded the following awards for the 2021-2022 academic year:

the Excellence in Teaching Award was introduced to Gregory Toussaint, MD, Assistant Dean for Clinical Skills Education and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, who was selected by the Class of 2022 as a faculty member demonstrating exceptional professional skill and pride in the performance of his teaching duties.

the Janet M. Glasgow American Medical Women’s Association Memorial Achievement Citations were awarded to Michelle Adamczyk, Jennifer Drerup, Kaitlynne Pak, Ilana Siegal, Kelly Spiller and Hannah Stump.

the Dan W. Elliott, MD, Award was awarded to Molly Scarbro, who has embarked on a career in surgery and has demonstrated outstanding performance in surgery over the clinical years.

the Department of Internal Medicine Outstanding Senior Student Award was given to Gregory Guzik.

the Department of Neurology Award for Outstanding Seniors was awarded to Sanuri Gunawardena, Asia Payne and Maral Sakayan.

the Department of Pediatrics Award was awarded to Kyra Bufi, who has embarked on a career in pediatrics and has demonstrated outstanding performance in pediatrics during clinical years.

the Department of Psychiatry Outstanding Graduate Student Award was given to Kelly Haller.

the Award for Excellence in Public Health was introduced to Steven Repas.

the Glenn C. Hamilton, MD, Award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine was presented to Christopher Evola, recognizing interest and achievement in emergency medicine.

the World Service Award was awarded to Jenna Braun, who has a history of volunteering and rotation in an internationally medically underserved region.

the Homer Cassel, MD, Awardspresented by the Dayton Society of Internal Medicine in honor of the late Dr. Homer D. Cassel, was presented to Zarmina Hashmi for her outstanding scholarship and commitment to the specialty of internal medicine.

the John C. Worthman, MD, Award was given to Henrietta Cautin, a student entering the family medicine residency at Wright State University.

the Larry Lawhorne Award for Excellence in Geriatric Medicinesponsored by the Ohio Department of Aging, was awarded to Alexander Long, for his excellence in the study of geriatrics.

the Leonard Tow Prize for Humanism in Medicine was presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation to Avni Gupta, graduate medical student, and Cassandra Milling, MD, faculty member, for consistently demonstrating compassion and empathy in the delivery of patient care.

the Merck Manual Awards (Merck Company) were presented to Christopher Cooley, Jacob Lambertsen and Kelly Spiller, who exemplify academic achievement in medical studies.

the Nicholas J. Thompson Award was awarded to Avni Gupta, who embarked on a career in obstetrics-gynecology and demonstrated outstanding performance in obstetrics-gynecology during clinical years.

the Best Rural Medicine Researcher Awardsponsored by the Wright Rural Medical Scholars Program, was presented to Christopher Evola for his dedication to advancing rural medicine.

the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Award was awarded to Aaron Blevins, who demonstrated exceptional skill in emergency medicine.

the Walbroehl Family Medicine Prize was awarded to Helen Jones for Excellence in Family Medicine.

The following students have been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society: Michelle Adamczyk, Dhishant Asarpota, Sharlo Bayless, Bricey Bayonnet, Ian Beck, Aaron Blevins, Benjamin Clouse, Christopher Cooley, Brenden Drerup, Jennifer Drerup, James Elliott, Christopher Evola, Elana Fackler, Sanuri Gunawardena, Avni Gupta, Kelly Haller, Kaitlynne Pak, Joshua Perrin, Nikhil Reddy, Benjamin Schmeusser, Ilana Siegal, Kelly Spiller, Hannah Stump and Joseph Wiedemer.

The following students were inducted Golden Humanism Honor Society: Sharlo Bayless, Bricey Bayonnet, Aaron Blevins, Jenna Braun, J. Blake Calcei, Christopher Cooley, Brenden Drerup, Jennifer Drerup, Derrek Edukugho, Elana Fackler, Sanuri Gunawardena, Avni Gupta, Kelly Haller, Sachin Jindal, Daniel Masters, Trevor McKoy , Temitope Omoladun, Kennedy Osuagwu, Joshua Perrin, Bryn Thatcher, Todd Turner and Joseph Wiedemer

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