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At UK, nothing is out of reach. The College of Medicine is where you’ll find all of the things you need to do all the things you never thought you could. We are committed to training future health care leaders to provide excellent care for the Commonwealth and beyond. We invite our next generation of learners to dream boldly and discover what’s “Wildly Possible” through our pipeline programs.

The College of Medicine offers free pipeline opportunities at varying levels of education, from high school through undergraduate studies. Each program includes unique activities that aid in preparing students for a career in medicine.


Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) Scholars

UK’s Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) was established in 1982 and restructured in 2019 to include the PEPP Scholars program and the PEPP MD program.

PEPP Scholars is a summer academic enrichment program that exposes high school graduates to the field of medicine in the hope of solidifying their commitment to the career path. The one-week program affords young scholars the chance to observe, network, and volunteer within the health care setting.

Eligibility:

  • Rising college freshman
  • Clear interest in medical school
  •  Be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or graduated from a Kentucky high school 

Other factors for consideration include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented or rural Appalachian in the health professions;
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
  • Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation

Dates:

The program dates for the 2024 PEPP Scholars program are June 2-7, 2024.

Selection:

  • Application opens on Nov. 1, 2023.
  • Completed applications form submissions must be received by Feb. 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Required reference letter must be submitted by Feb. 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The selection committee will carefully review the written personal statement, letter of recommendation, application, and transcripts when selecting participants. Applicants will be notified by email. A limited number of alternates will also be selected.

Participants must abide by all rules of the program. There is a mandatory attendance policy for all activities for the duration of the program. All students are required to live in the dormitory provided. Students cannot be employed during the program. They must also reside on campus at all times unless escorted by the PEPP staff.

PEPP Scholars applications contain the following items:

  1. Personal statement (limited to 3000 characters)
  2. Letter of recommendation from a teacher (unique link sent via email)
  3. Unofficial high school transcript
  4. UK PEPP Scholars application
  5. A headshot

For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at kymedap@uky.edu.

APPLICATION CLOSED

 

Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) Scholars - Extension for Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Casey, Garrard, and Rockcastle High School Seniors

UK’s Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) was established in 1982 and restructured in 2019 to include the PEPP Scholars program and the PEPP MD program.

PEPP Scholars is a summer academic enrichment program that exposes high school graduates to the field of medicine in the hope of solidifying their commitment to the career path. The one-week program affords young scholars the chance to observe, network, and volunteer within the health care setting.

This year, due to outside funding, we are able to offer a deadline extension to students from Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Casey, Garrard, and Rockcastle counties.

Eligibility:

  • Rising college freshman
  • Clear interest in the heath care field 
  • Be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or graduated from a Kentucky high school
  • Must be from Mercer, Boyle, Lincoln, Casey, Garrard, and Rockcastle County

Dates:

The program dates for the 2024 PEPP Scholars program are June 2-7, 2024.

Application Details

  • Applications are open now and completed applications form submissions must be received by March 17, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST. 
  • No letter of recommendation is required 

Participants must abide by all rules of the program. There is a mandatory attendance policy for all activities for the duration of the program. All students are required to live in the dormitory provided. Students cannot be employed during the program. They must also reside on campus at all times unless escorted by the PEPP staff.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at kymedap@uky.edu.

Apply here!


Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) MD

The Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) MD is an academic enrichment program for rising college sophomores who are interested in becoming physicians to serve the Commonwealth. The two-week program is tailored to provide more intense and focused exposure to the professions. In addition, this program affords young scholars the chance to observe, network, and volunteer within the health care setting while gaining further understanding of the profession and requirements for future admission to medical school.

Eligibility:

  • Rising college sophomore
  • Have a minimum overall college GPA of 3.0
  • Be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or graduated from a Kentucky high school 

Other factors for consideration include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented or rural Appalachian in the health professions;
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
  • Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations
  • Submits a compelling personal statement and a strong letter of recommendation

Dates:

The program dates for the 2024 PEPP-MD program are June 2-14, 2024.

Selection:

  • Application opens on Nov. 1, 2023.
  • Completed applications form submissions must be received by Feb. 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Required reference letters must be submitted by Feb. 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

The selection committee will carefully review the written personal statement, letters of recommendation, application, and transcripts when selecting participants. Applicants will be notified by email. A limited number of alternates will also be selected.

Participants must abide by all rules of the program. There is a mandatory attendance policy for all activities for the duration of the program. All students are required to live in the dormitory provided. Students cannot be employed during the program. They must also reside on campus at all times unless escorted by the PEPP staff.

PEPP MD applications contain the following items:

  1. Personal statement (limited to 3000 characters)
  2. Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a professor (unique link sent via email)
  3. Unofficial undergraduate transcript
  4. UK PEPP-MD application
  5. A headshot

For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions at kymedap@uky.edu.

Apply here!


UKMED

Now in its 14th year, the University of Kentucky Medical Education Development Program (UKMED) is an annual recruitment program hosted by the UK College of Medicine. The goal of this annual recruitment program is to attract individuals who are underrepresented in medicine or rural Appalachian to the college. Participants have the unique opportunity to gain a glimpse of life in medical school through interactions with students and faculty. In addition, participants will develop skills that will strengthen their candidacy for medical school.

Eligibility:

  • Rising college juniors
  • Students who are planning to apply for medical school
  • Minimum science GPA of 3.0
  • Be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or graduated from a Kentucky high school 

Dates:

The program dates for the 2024 UKMED program are June 9-14, 2024.

Travel and Housing:

Participants must abide by all rules of the program. There is a mandatory attendance policy for all activities for the duration of the program. All students are required to live in the dormitory provided. Students cannot be employed during the program.

Application Process:

  • Application opens on Nov. 1, 2023.
  • Completed applications form submissions must be received by Feb. 1, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Required reference letters must be submitted by Feb. 5, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions at kymedap@uky.edu.

The selection committee will carefully review the written essay responses, letters of recommendation, application, and transcripts when selecting participants. Applicants will be notified by email. A limited number of alternates will also be selected.

UKMED applications contain the following items:

  1. Responses to Essay Prompts on Application 
  2. Two letters of recommendation from professors (unique link sent via email)
  3. Unofficial undergraduate transcript
  4. UKMED application
  5. A headshot

For additional information, contact the Office of Admissions at kymedap@uky.edu.


Apply here!

 

Program History:

“The program is based on a similar program called FOCUS that I experienced as an undergraduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology,” said Dr. Ebong. “The idea arose out of my desire to do something positive and make a difference. Partnering with students on programs such as this is so inspirational for me.” Ima Ebong, MD | UKMED Creator and 2013 graduate

"Participating in the UKMED program as premed student was truly an invaluable experience. Having the opportunity to tour the facilities, participate in stimulation, and speak with current medical students and faculty, provided me with a glimpse into the different aspects of medical school. Now as a resident at UK, I’m happy to be able to pay it forward, helping other students pursue their passion for medicine." Tracy Harbut, MD (pictured) | UK College of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology