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10COMMUNIQUFALL2014NewosteopathicphysiciansDrs.RaechelPercyMeaganSmithKristieHaberichterHeatherPayterandAmyONeillCONVOCATION2014NewclassbeginsitsJOURNEYbyLauraProbynThemembersoftheMSUCollegeofOsteopathicMedicinesClassof2018marchedacrosstheWhartonCenterstageandintotheirmedicalschoolcareersonJune20duringthecolleges44thconvocationceremony.DeanStrampelwelcomedtheclasstheirfamiliesfriendsandtheguestspeakers.JudithMorrispresidentandCEOofLambtonCollegeinSarniaOntarioandSpencerDicksondeanoftheLambtonCollegeSchoolofHealthSciencesalsoprovidedtheirwelcomesespeciallytothoseclassmembersfromCanada.AlsoonthepodiumwereMichiganOsteopathicAssociationPresident-ElectRobertPiccininiandtheMSUCOMStudentGovernmentAssociationPresidentNathanHamiltonClassof2017.HamiltonencouragedtheclasstorememberthedeanspresentationtothemontherstdayoforientationandtoldthemYougetwhatyougiveandthiscouldnotbetruerthaninmedicalschool.AssociateDeanandDirectorofStudentServicesWilliamFallsintroducedthenewmedicalstudentsastheycrossedtheWhartonstageanddonnedtheirnewwhitecoatswithassistancefromadministrativemarshals.FallsalsointroducedthemembersoftheOsteopathicMedicalScholarsProgramwhowereinattendance.TheOMSPisforMSUundergraduatestudentswhoareinterestedinexploringcareersinosteopathicmedicine.Strampelwrappeduptheceremonybynotingthechangethatisvisibleintheclassmembersaftertheyslipontheirwhitecoatsandtoldthemthathewouldprobablynotshakehandswithmanyofthemforabout1350daysatwhichtimetheywillalsoaccepttheirdiplomasasmedicalschoolgraduates.Heconcludedtheeventbyinvitingthenewstudentstoturnandapplaudthosewhowerebehindthemliterallyandgurativelyastheythankedtheparentssignicantotherssiblingsandfriendswhohadhelpedthemalongtheirjourney.Allofyouareatthetopoftheclassrightnow.Thisisatimetocelebrate.DeanStrampelThisisatimetocelebrate.CLASSOF2018CLASSPROFILENumberofapplications5046Numberenrolled313Femalemaleratio131182Agedistribution19-52average23MCATaverage28GPAaverage3.59Michigannon-Michiganresidency26152STUDENTS