GLIMPSE INTO THE MEDICAL PROFESSION: These students from 20 Kentucky
counties recently completed the annual Professional Education
Preparation Program at the University of Pikeville. As part of the
program, students participated in gross anatomy and functional anatomy
labs and engaged in clinical observations at Pikeville Medical Center.
PIKEVILLE — Kentucky high school students from 20 counties recently completed the annual Professional Education Preparation Program at the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The two-week residential program teaches high school students about the medical profession.
They spent two weeks on the KYCOM campus attending lectures presented by KYCOM faculty and second-year medical students about anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology and pharmacology of the 10 major human organ systems.
The students also participated in gross anatomy and functional anatomy labs and engaged in clinical observations at Pikeville Medical Center.
“I am delighted that 43 Kentucky high school senior and junior students successfully completed our PEPP Program this year,” said Linda Dunatov, associate dean for student affairs at KYCOM.
“The KYCOM PEPP Program offers Kentucky high school students a unique opportunity to learn about osteopathic medicine as a possible career. This year’s group stood out as avid learners who show future promise of becoming excellent medical professionals.”
More than 700 students have participated in the university’s program since its inception in 1999.
The 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.
Local participants in the program included: John Gullett and Molly Frank of Floyd County, Austin Thacker of Pike County, Elizabeth Wilson and Olivia Creameans of Johnson County, Allyson Wheeler and Austin Howard of Lawrence County, James Lemaster of Magoffin County and Perry County residents Savana McIntosh, Kayla Blackburn, Haleigh Bowling, Henna Chandel, Katie Hager, Paige Hall, Ty Hensley, Morgan Jarrell, Elizabeth Johnson, Mason Johnson, Manali Panchal and Cierra Riddle.