About the Academy of Medicine
The Wright State University Academy of Medicine is a community-based service organization dedicated to supporting excellence in medicine through education, research and service. The Academy contributes to student loans and scholarships, recognizes outstanding examples of professionalism, and provides opportunities for fellowship in the medical community. Since its founding in 1977, the Academy of Medicine has made a difference in the lives of students at Wright State University's Boonshoft School of Medicine. Thanks in part to the Academy's dedicated annual and life members, the school remains a catalyst for better health care by preparing outstanding physicians. The organization supports medical education through providing student loans and awarding student and faculty achievement. Through membership, the Academy has circulated $2 million in student loans — saving over 400 students the high costs of commercial loans. With loan repayments and Academy memberships, nearly $125,000 is being added to the pool annually. All this comes from an annual membership of $250. In addition, physicians in their residency qualify for a discounted associate membership of $50.
Annette Chavez, M.D., Chair
Evangeline Andarsio, M.D.
Linda Barney, M.D.
Bruce Binder, M.D., Ph.D.
Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., ex officio
Timothy Cope, Ph.D.
Mark Corcoran, M.D.
Jacob Deister, M.D.
Julie Gentile, M.D.
Vicki Giambrone, FACHE
Larry Lawhorne M.D.
John Lyman, M.D.
David Roer, M.D.
April 23, 2014
Special guest: J.R. Martinez
Long before J.R. Martinez won legions of fans as the winner of Dancing with the Stars in 2011, he was inspiring audiences of all kinds with his remarkable story.
Born to a single mother from El Salvador, his dream was to become a professional football player. His plans were derailed by a sports injury. So he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was assigned to the 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. Martinez saw it as a way to give back to a country that already had given so much to him and his family.
In March 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq. Less than a month later, the Humvee he was driving hit a land mine. Three other soldiers were ejected from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. Suffering from smoke inhalation and severe burns to 34 percent of his body, Martinez spent the next 34 months in recovery, undergoing 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery.
Martinez has spoken at events nationwide. His message of resilience and optimism has inspired a wide variety of organizations, including corporations, veterans groups and schools. In 2008, Martinez joined the cast of ABC’s Emmy Award-winning daytime drama All My Children as combat veteran Brot Monroe. The show incorporated portions of Martinez’s real life into its fictional storylines.
Each year, the Academy of Medicine presents awards to outstanding students and faculty. The awards are presented each spring at the Annual Dinner, based upon academic achievement for the current year.
View the past winners of the Academy of Medicine Awards.
The Academy of Medicine's low-interest loan program for Wright State medical students is one of the best available anywhere in the nation. It has the lowest interest rate (5 percent) and the longest deferral of payment (three years after graduation).
Since 1985, member-supported Academy programs have generated $2.5 million in simple-interest loans to over 400 Wright State medical students. Used strategically in place of more expensive loans that compound during medical school and residency, Academy loans have saved medical students $448,800 in additional debt burden. What's more, the Academy has a 99.8 percent pay back rate on its loans.
The Academy of Medicine has created a new scholarship fund to address one of the Boonshoft School of Medicine's highest priorities: philanthropic support for scholarships. As the cost of attending medical school continues to climb nationwide, Boonshoft School of Medicine graduates are now entering residencies with an average debt of more than $174,000. This new scholarship fund was created to help reduce their reliance on costly loans to cover their tuition.
To join the Academy of Medicine, make your gift online.
- Life Membership - $1,000, plus $100 for each year under age 60
- Annual Membership - $250
- Associate Membership (Residents) - $50
For more information, contact Nicki Crellin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (937) 245-7628.