The Wright State University Academy of Medicine selected Amy Keebler as this year's Outstanding Senior Medical Student, an honor which includes a $1500 cash award. Keebler received her M.D. degree from Wright State's School of Medicine on June 9. She begins a pediatrics residency at the University of Cincinnati in July.
The Wright State University Academy of Medicine is a community-based service organization that has raised more than $1.5 million in financial aid for Wright State medical students. The Academy was established by Dayton-area physicians to support medical education at Wright State and to celebrate academic excellence.
Keebler graduated first in her class at Wright State, an achievement that earned her the American Medical Women's Association Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award.
In addition to her studies, she made time for community service during medical school. She worked on projects for Habitat for Humanity and Christmas for Kids and volunteered at free clinics sponsored by Reach Out of Montgomery County. She also taught nutrition in Wright State's Student to Student program, which places medical student volunteers in Dayton-area classrooms.
"I have to stay busy or I go nuts," Keebler says.
Keebler grew up in Oxford, Ohio. Her interest in pediatrics began in high school when she worked as an assistant in the office of Oxford pediatrician Ellen Buerk, M.D. Keebler continued the part-time job while an undergraduate at Miami University.
"That really got me into pediatrics," Keebler recalls. "I had an opportunity to see what pediatricians do on a daily basis. I've always loved children. Kids are usually pretty happy, even when they come to the doctor."
As a pediatrician, Keebler also expects to be an advocate for children. At some point she hopes to work with children with developmental disabilities. "Adults can be set in their ways so it's tough to change their habits. With children you actually have a chance to change some behaviors and make a significant impact on their lives," she says.
"I've known Amy for a long time," Dr. Buerk says. "I treated her for meningitis when she was six weeks old. We were privileged to have her back as a medical student last year. By a coincidence in scheduling, we'll have her again as a resident in December. I'm sure she'll make an excellent pediatrician."