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University of Pikeville hosts PEPP Program

August 15, 2017 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Thirty-five Kentucky high school students from 13 counties across the region recently completed the annual Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM). The two-week residential program provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about the medical profession. Nearly 900 students have participated in the university’s program since its inception in 1999.

Students spent two weeks on campus studying anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology and pharmacology of the major human organ systems through presentations provided by KYCOM faculty and second-year medical students. PEPP students participated in gross anatomy and functional anatomy labs and engaged in clinical observations at Pikeville Medical Center.

UPIKE’s PEPP program is designed to provide a better understanding of rural medicine, what it takes to get into a medical education program and the dedication needed to succeed in the medical profession. It also helps to build confidence and self-esteem and provides students with the encouragement to seek challenging course work as they prepare for higher education.

Participants in the program included: Addie McDonald from Barbourville High School; Samuel Smith from Central Hardin High School; Peyton Morris from Clay County High School; Reese Helton Corbin High School; Willa Cipolla from Greenwood High School; Chelsey Caldwell from Harlan County High School; Dalton McCown from June Buchanan School High School; Rebecca Watkins from Knott County Central High School; Cierra Connelley and Austin Howard from Magoffin County High School; Alexia Shamaeizaden, Abbigayle Stepp, Taylor Stumbo and Robert Tackett from Paintsville High School; Brody Dixon from Perry County High School; Caleigh Taylor from Pike County Central High School; Haseeb Ahmad, Madhu Ammisetty, Alexander Chang, Tiffany Lin, Noah Little, Steven Lockhart, Collin Noud, Rachel Ratliff and Leah Vanderbeck from Pikeville High School; Sadie Compton, Ashayla Little, Kayla Newsome, Emily Newville, Logan Sawyers and Morgan Thompson from Shelby Valley High School; Tanner Thompson from Wayne County High School; Caitlyn Prewitt and Lesleigh Prewitt from Williamsburg High School; and Madeline Springate from Woodford County High School.

Medicine in the Mountains … Keeping the Promise: Since its inception in 1997, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine has played an important role in preparing physicians to serve the healthcare needs of underserved populations in Kentucky and other Appalachian regions. Of the more than 1,1000 graduates since the first class of physicians in 2001, 76 percent of these physicians are serving in primary care.  Photo caption: High school students from across the region completed a two-week residential program at the University of Pikeville that gave them the opportunity to learn about the medical profession.

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