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Leah Shelburne, Spencer County High School senior, was one of the 43 Kentucky high school students from 24 counties across the region that recently completed the annual Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) at the University of Pikeville’s Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. This two-week residential program provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about the medical profession.
This year, students spent two weeks on campus learning anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and pharmacology of the 10 major human organ systems through presentations provided by UP-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.
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.