The Boonshoft School of Medicine welcomed 104 new students during the Convocation and White Coat Ceremony last July, formally marking the start of their medical education.
Last year for the first time, each student received a stethoscope engraved with the words, “Excel in Leaving a Mark,” thanks to The Jason Madachy Foundation.
The foundation has given more than 700 stethoscopes to medical students nationwide.
Dolly and Joe Madachy established the foundation in February 2008 in honor of their son, Jason Madachy, who died tragically in June 2007 just before he was about to start medical school at Marshall University.
The class of 2017 was selected from a group of 4,400 applications, a record for the medical school. Educated at various universities across Ohio, members of the incoming class also hail from Harvard University, Duke University, Emory University, Brown University, Furman University, and UCLA, among others.
From serving as a Salvation Army bell ringer to building houses for Habitat for Humanity, they already have shown a strong commitment to community service both at home and abroad. Several have taken mission trips to the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, South Africa, Nicaragua, and Ghana. One student served with the Peace Corps in Panama and another volunteered for a mission trip to Appalachia. The class also includes two Eagle Scouts.
Fifty-four percent are women, while 46 percent are men. They speak many of the world’s languages including Spanish, Chinese, French, Italian, Polish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Pennsylvania Dutch, Japanese, Urdu, Hindi, Greek, Arabic, Gujarati, and Korean. One student speaks five languages — English, Spanish, Hebrew, Russian, and Yiddish.
Top Photo: Jenn Haas, M.D., (’13), says she keeps her stethoscope close to her heart because it is one of her only remaining connections to her boyfriend Jason Madachy, who died tragically in 2007 just before he was to start medical school.