“I strongly believe that it only takes “one person to make a difference,” and that through my passion, determination, and drive I can be that difference in my home, my community, and the world.”
Amber Martinez (29)
Police have formally named Cayman physician Dr. Amber Bianca Martinez (29) as the victim who died in Friday's fatal collision on Queen's Highway. Martinez was leaving home in the early morning hours of Friday to collect a work colleague to attend the second day of the Cayman Islands Healthcare Conference. She was beloved by everyone who knew her.
Martinez had recently realized her dream of becoming a physician, a journey she often shared on social media through her Facebook page. She documented a large portion of her journey with friends. She was the first doctor in her family.
She completed her medical rotations at the University of Leuven in Belgium, where she completed her clinical rotations last year. In April, she announced that she had completed all six of her rotations, with the final one being in family medicine. Martinez was selected as an international Student Ambassador (ISA) of the University of Pecs Medical School (UP) for four consecutive years. She studied General Medicine at UP starting in 2015 and graduated in July 2022.
Admired for the pursuit of her professional aspirations and higher education, she lived in four different countries for her schooling. As a former recipient of the United World College scholarship, she obtained her bachelor of science degree in Health Science and Public Health from the University of Miami in 2015. She was also a Cayman Prep School graduate.
Martinez began sharing her medical school journey on Instagram with others in 2021. Ironically IG blocked her for “artificially collecting likes, followers or shares, posting repetitive content.” She shared that none of that was true, but to reach a broader audience, she opted to leave the social media platform and, instead, start a blog. Her last post was on September 13, where she shared that she was a registered doctor with the General Medical Council and her next step would be getting a job with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.
She served as Treasurer and former Vice President at EGSC – English German Student Council.
Martinez is survived by her brother and sister and her parents, Barry and Josie Martinez.