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KYCOM graduates first OMSP students

May 30, 2018 12:00 AM
Pikeville, KY
Aspiring osteopathic physicians can complete their entire education at the University of Pikeville through the institution’s Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program (OMSP). The eight-year program, which launched in 2010, allows qualified students to obtain a Bachelor of Art or Bachelor of Science degree, and later earn the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM). The first two students to complete OMSP, Sarah Helphinstine, D.O., and Luke Wright, D.O., graduated in KYCOM’s Class of 2018.

Helphinstine, of Vanceburg, Ky., graduated cum laude from UPIKE with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in May 2014. While completing her undergraduate studies, she worked as a resident assistant (RA) during UPIKE’s two-week, residential Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) for high school students interested in medicine. Upon entering KYCOM, she served as a PEPP instructor.
OMSP provided Helphinstine a head-start on her educational journey toward her dream career.

“I am very grateful for my experience with OMSP,” she said. “Upon arrival to UPIKE, away from home, I was comforted by already being part of a group of classmates with the same interests and goals. OMSP provided me with extra opportunities to let myself be known to the KYCOM faculty and become more comfortable with the campus.”

Support from faculty advisors lit Helphinstine’s path along the way.

“I had excellent advising during undergrad,” she noted. “I believe it helped me get the job as an RA in PEPP and subsequently as a PEPP instructor. I am very appreciative of the opportunities and education that I’ve received at UPIKE and could not be more proud to be a UPIKE-KYCOM grad.” 

This summer, Helphinstine will begin her residency training at the University of Kentucky-College of Medicine’s East Kentucky Family Medicine Residency program in Hazard, Ky.

Wright, of Georgetown, Ky., played baseball for UPIKE and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2014. He benefitted from the educational and personal connections made possible through OMSP during his eight years on campus.

“I had a great experience in OMSP,” Wright said. “The biggest boon of OMSP is the people we were put into contact with. The other OMSP students from my class were amazing and kept me focused on the end goal. Not only that, but the other students in OMSP became some of my best friends. Also by being in OMSP, it put us into direct contact with administrators and professors at the medical school.”  

The first physician in his family, Wright will begin a general surgery residency this summer in Chicago. He and his wife plan to return to Kentucky upon completion of his residency program.

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