Dr. Ronald L. Martin Scholarship

He made a difference.... Now you can make a difference

Dr. Ronald L. MartinRonald L. Martin, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, died at the age of 52 on June 10, 1998. His teaching skills and research earned him high praise from colleagues and scholars in his profession.

Dr. Martin received his B.A. and M.D. degrees from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. Following an internship at Denver General Hospital, he entered the psychiatry residency program at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center. He completed his psychiatry residency at Washington University in St. Louis, where he remained on the faculty for six years. Following this, he served as director of residency training at KU School of Medicine-Kansas City for eight years. In 1988, he joined KU School of Medicine-Wichita faculty where he enjoyed a stellar career.

Very active in medical and psychiatric associations throughout his career, Dr. Martin was president of the Kansas Psychiatric Society, a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychopathological Association. He was listed in Outstanding Young Men of America (1979) and eight separate editions of Who's Who. In 1999, the American Psychiatric Association awarded Dr. Martin a posthumous Presidential Commendation recognizing his contribution to medical student education.

Dr. Martin personified an unusual combination of inquiring researcher and teacher, academic leader and astute clinician.

Our Mission

The KU School of Medicine-Wichita is dedicated to providing quality education for medical students and residents so that they become competent, compassionate physicians. Continuing medical education to maintain proficiency is offered for graduate physicians. The medical school also provides improved medical services for the people of Kansas, particularly in underserved communities, and a supportive environment for biomedical research. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences strives to maintain this mission by preparing students and residents for the psychiatric career opportunities awaiting them when they complete their training.

The Dr. Ronald L. Martin Student Scholarship

The Dr. Ronald L. Martin Student Scholarship provides an opportunity to foster and advance the field of psychiatry by supporting the medical training of a third-year medical student. One special gift helps build a foundation for a career in psychiatry that benefits all humankind.

Our Purpose

The KU School of Medicine-Wichita Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences established the Dr. Ronald L. Martin Student Scholarship to recognize the many years of dedicated service of a distinguished physician and educator. His countless hours of imparting knowledge and values to hundreds of medical students and residents reflect the depth of his dedication to education. The Dr. Ronald L. Martin Student Scholarship is our way of making sure his dedication and commitment to students will continue through training and education

The Criteria

Ron Martin, M.D. was Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita from 1988 to the time of his death in 1998. Dr. Martin, a prominent researcher, clinician and teacher, was committed to fostering interest among medical students in psychiatry as a career. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in Wichita is pleased to announce The Ron Martin, M.D. Scholarship Fund for medical students. This fund makes the following awards available to third and fourth year students at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, who have successfully completed their required psychiatry clerkship:

  1. An annual award for the best paper written on a topic in psychiatry. Topics are to be selected and the paper prepared under the guidance of a psychiatry faculty mentor. The submitted paper should be suitable for publication in a refereed medical journal. March 1 is the deadline for paper submissions to be considered by the awards committee for a May award. The dollar amount of the cash award is determined annually.
  2. An annual award for outstanding performance in a psychiatry elective. The student will prepare a written summary of their learning activities during the elective course and the relevance of the experience to their medical career. The attending faculty will prepare a letter explaining how the student has consistently exceeded performance expectations during the elective. March 1 is the deadline for submitting materials to be considered by the awards committee for a May award. The dollar amount of the cash award is determined annually.
  3. An annual award for outstanding interest and performance in the field of psychiatric medicine during the psychiatry clerkship. Nominations for this award will be made by clerkship faculty attendings. The awards committee will review nominations and supporting clerkship performance summaries at their annual meeting in May. The dollar amount of the cash award is determined annually.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the director of medical student education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences-Wichita campus for additional information on application procedures and award availability.

You Can Make a Difference

Before his death, Dr. Martin specified that any memorials established in his name be dedicated to fostering interest in psychiatry.

To be part of honoring a physician who epitomized medical education and enhancing the understanding of psychiatry for a medical student, we hope you will consider a donation to the Dr. Ronald L. Martin Student Scholarship.

Checks can be made payable to KUSM-W Department of Psychiatry, Attention: Dr. Martin Scholarship, 1010 N Kansas, Wichita, KS 67214. All donations are tax deductible.

Last modified: Nov 29, 2012
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