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FAIRBORN —The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will hold its annual graduation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Schuster Performing Arts Center. The graduating class includes 105 medical students.

Each student has a different story about his or her medical school journey — here are just a few.

Committed to practicing internal medicine in Ohio

A high school physiology teacher encouraged Ashley Hotz to pursue her dream of becoming a physician. “I was encouraged by teachers, particularly Mr. Bill Fox, to pursue my interest in medicine,” said Hotz, who is a graduate of Springboro High School, in Springboro, Ohio.

A recipient of a Choose Ohio First Primary Care Scholarship, Hotz is committed to practicing primary care internal medicine in Ohio for three years after completing her residency. She will begin her residency in internal medicine this summer at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. “Ohio is a great state in which to practice medicine and raise families,” she said. “Physicians I’ve worked with are very happy here. They often mention how good the education system is in Ohio, particularly in the greater Dayton area.”

She was drawn to internal medicine because of her interest in many areas of medicine and the constant collaboration with other specialties. Internal medicine also offers her the option to further specialize to adapt to the changing environment of medicine.

“During medical school, I’ve been fortunate to work with great individuals here in Dayton, some of them at the forefront of innovative programs aimed at providing more comprehensive training opportunities to residents and students,” said Hotz, who participated in the Boonshoft chapter of the American Medical Student Association.

She was a class representative all four years of medical school. She worked directly with faculty at times to help aid efforts in curriculum and resource improvements. She also spoke on behalf of classmates at a meeting with an AAMC consultant as part of the medical school accreditation process. “I believe strongly in advocating for those in the community, even in the school setting,” she said. “I hope to continue advocating for others at a community level in the future.”

She feels strongly about improving preventive medicine. She is involved in research aimed at identifying reliable blood markers that could detect the earliest signs of malignant tumors of the esophagus and prevent invasive biopsy testing. “I hope to continue research efforts in preventive medicine in the future,” she said.

Involved in the community

From raising money for his medical school’s class fund to helping organize the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) AIDS Benefit 5K in 2011 and 2012, Paul Krebs has been involved in many service and leadership activities.

During spring break of his first year of medical school, he went to New Orleans as part of a service trip, where he spent the week volunteering with Camp Restore repairing and rebuilding schools, parks and homes that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Students are required to complete 60 hours of service learning during the first two years of medical school. Krebs, who ranks first in his class, completed 246 hours of service learning. In Dayton, he spends free weekends helping at St. Anthony of Padua’s Food Pantry. He also is a volunteer assistant cross country and track coach at Alter High School in Kettering, his alma mater.

“Being a high school coach has provided me with an opportunity to become a better communicator and leader,” said Krebs, who wants to continue being involved in the community. “It has allowed me to have a positive impact on students during important years in their lives, whether it is helping a freshman get acclimated to a new school or discussing how to prepare for college with one of the senior student athletes.”

Krebs was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in his senior year and to the Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society, Wright State Chapter, in his junior year. He also received the McGraw-Hill Companies Medical Publishing Lange Student Award, Molecular Basis of Medicine Award for Outstanding Excellence, Montgomery County Medical Society Alliance Scholarship and the School of Medicine Chester E. Finn, Donald L. Ranville, Academic Affairs, and Physicians Scholarships.

He was drawn to family medicine because he wants to work with patients of various ages and provide long-term patient care. “I was blessed with great mentors here at Wright State, including Dr. Michael Barrow and Dr. Kurt Avery, who demonstrated humanism and professionalism in medicine in addition to showing me the impact family physicians can have in the community and in the lives of their patients,” said Krebs, who will begin his residency in family medicine this summer at the Boonshoft School of Medicine and ultimately wants to practice family medicine in Dayton.

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