rural physician leadership program

Ten years ago, the UK College of Medicine recruited four of its second-year medical students for an educational experiment. With a goal of preparing more physicians to practice in the rural areas of the Commonwealth and beyond, the college asked these students to immerse themselves in small-town Kentucky, learning rural medicine onsite at a rural medical campus in Morehead.

Holly Danneman

After welcoming its fourth class of medical students during this summer’s white coat ceremony, the UK College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus is well positioned to help alleviate the state’s physician shortage. As such, a new leadership position has been established to address needs associated with a growing student body and expanding footprint in the region.

Joe Gatton and Melissa Wilkeson

Before medical students treat patients in real-life situations, they need practice. Students gain that necessary experience through simulated patient interactions in the UK College of Medicine’s standardized patient (SP) program.

SP program staff Joseph Gatton and Melissa Wilkeson are well-equipped to ensure the program creates authentic clinical experiences.

Ariel Porter

The UK College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus celebrated a giant milestone this summer as it welcomed a fourth class of medical students during its white coat ceremony. The excitement will continue because this also means the campus’s inaugural class will graduate this spring.

Dr. Kimberly Jones

The UK College of Medicine Office of Medical Education has selected Kimberly Jones, MD, associate professor of child neurology, as its new assistant dean for student affairs focusing on the advancement of learning communities.

Common Read Initiative

As a faculty preceptor for the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course, Hilary Surratt, PhD, associate professor of behavioral science, has witnessed learners engage in thoughtful dialogue around biases. However, she said they sometimes struggle in understanding how bias impacts clinical care.

Flooding in Eastern Kentucky

On Thursday, July 28, historic flooding consumed a large portion of eastern Kentucky and the Appalachian region. Kentuckians in the affected areas will likely feel the catastrophic effects of this tragedy for weeks, months, and even years to come as officials assess the extent of the damage and continually report a rising death toll. 

Lisa Williams

To enable the University of Kentucky College of Medicine to succeed in its mission for a healthier Kentucky, leadership must prioritize the wellness and well-being of faculty, staff, and learners. We are excited to announce that Lisa Williams, MSSA, has been selected to serve in a new position to help us excel in this goal.

Alicia Fields

Alicia Fields, DNP, FNP-C, aspired to become a doctor ever since she was a child with her Fisher Price medical kit and toy stethoscope. But when it came time to review the pre-med curriculum and start training, she was intimidated.

Dr. Stephanie White
From the Desk of Acting Dean Charles H. Griffith, MD, MSPH

It is a great pleasure to announce that effective today, July 18, Stephanie L. White, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics, will lead the UK College of Medicine Office of Medical Education as the new senior associate dean for medical student education.

Alison Porter

When Alison Porter attended Morehead State University for her undergraduate degree, she “fell in love” with the eastern Kentucky community and the nearby Appalachian Mountains.

Photo of Mary Sheppard in Lab

For physician-scientist Mary Sheppard, M.D., her clinical practice and research are deeply personal.

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Ahmad Hakoum

Senior year of high school, Ahmad Hakoum decided to make a lifestyle change that would end up making a huge impact on his life. 

“I looked in the mirror one day and was like, ‘I’m super skinny. I need to do something about this,’” Hakoum said.

Jade Nicely

For years, Jade Nicely’s family told her that she shared mannerisms and an uncanny resemblance to her late aunt Chrissy. They also shared an interest in medicine.

Chrissy died young, before following her dream of becoming a doctor. As Nicely joins the UK College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus, she will pursue her medical career as a tribute to her aunt.

Dr. Diana Heiman

The UK College of Medicine is excited to announce that Diana Heiman, MD, professor of family and community medicine, has been selected to serve as associate dean for faculty development and advancement.

Dr. Rachele Yadon

Rachèle Yadon, MD, is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Along with serving on the faculty, she is a diversity and inclusion ambassador. In this role, she is charged with developing more equitable practices and leading these efforts in her department.

In this picture, Vincent (second from right) stands alongside actors Peter Gallagher, E.R. Fightmaster, and James Pickens, Jr. on set.

Jon Vincent is not a doctor yet, but he has played one on TV.

Vincent, an MD/PhD student at the UK College of Medicine, had early experience wearing scrubs in a clinical setting when he served as an extra for a recent episode of the hit medical drama, “Grey’s Anatomy.”

lgbtq+ advisory committee

The College of Medicine LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee was established to build a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and trainees. Under direction of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the committee hosts social events, creates mentorship and networking opportunities, and more.

Dr. Conwell with a physician in an exam room

Darwin Conwell, MD, MSc, FACG, (pictured left) recently joined the University of Kentucky College of Medicine as a professor and the Jack M. Gill Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine.