School of Medicine alumna establishes scholarship fund

Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine alumna Jayne A. Barr, M.D., M.P.H., has a passion for medicine and lifelong learning that ultimately led her to create a scholarship for medical students at her alma mater.

Barr, a member of the class of 1990 and a Glen Dale, West Virginia, native, completed her internal medicine-pediatrics residency at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She went on to care for patients in both outpatient clinics and hospitals throughout Ohio until entering academic medicine in 2008. For eight years, Barr worked as a hospitalist and clinical assistant professor at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, working closely with resident physicians and delving into quality improvement projects and research. She now serves as an assistant professor in the departments of medicine and pediatric and adolescent medicine at Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker, M.D., School of Medicine in Kalamazoo, where she also oversees the combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency program.

“Marshall University School of Medicine and the entire dedicated medical faculty played a pivotal role in my life by giving me the chance to realize my dreams,” Barr said. “The education and training I received allowed me to pursue a rewarding career in primary care and academic medicine.  The scholarship is a way for me to give back to the medical school program that I love so much, and to ensure that the next generation of doctors have the same opportunities that I did.”

The Jayne A. Barr, M.D., Family Scholarship is designated for first-year medical students, with first preference given to a student from Marshall County, West Virginia. Second preference will be given to a student from Ohio and Wetzel counties and third preference for any West Virginia resident. The award is renewable for three additional years pending normal academic progress.

For more information or to make a gift to the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, please contact Linda Holmes, director of development and alumni affairs, by phone at 304-691-1711 or by e-mail at holmes@marshall.edu, or visit jcesom.marshall.edu/alumni.