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By: Amy Charles |
March 12, 2021
Frederick Stine, D.O., MHA, KYCOM ‘17, better known as Fritz to those close to him, continues to have an impact at KYCOM even after graduation. Serving in student government as class president and representing KYCOM at the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, Stine is proud to continue to be part of the KYCOM Alumni Board, serving alongside other physicians who care about the future of KYCOM.
“I believe in paying it forward. KYCOM believed in me and gave me a chance, so I really want to help reach out to alumni and remind them this institution is continuing its mission and delivering on its promise to bring medicine to the mountains, and we need their help,” Stine explained.
After completing his undergraduate studies in South Carolina and taking three years off to truly figure out his path in life, Stine felt he needed to return to the Commonwealth to be closer to his family. He decided KYCOM was his top choice for medical school after falling in love with the program’s mission to bring medicine to the mountains. He knew this was the place he could continue the legacy of physicians in his family.
“Pikeville seemed like the best match for me to come home to Kentucky and realize my dream of becoming a rural physician, working with smaller populations,” said Stine. “It also helped that KYCOM was on the short list of most affordable medical schools in the country.”
While he is currently practicing medicine at East Carolina University Pediatrics, Stine looks forward to making his way back to the state he calls home this summer with his wife Margaret, and son Frederick Adolphus Stine, VII, or Sev, for short, to join the pediatrics practice at Pikeville Medical Center. There he can put his skills to good use, treating the children of the Appalachian region.
“Not only did KYCOM train me to be a great physician in the clinic, but they also crafted an environment in medical school that helped me develop my inner empathy as a person who cares for and relates to people,” Stine added. “That makes me a better doctor.”