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Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP)
PEPP is a summer residential academic enrichment and career exploration experience for students interested in a career in medicine or dentistry. A fee may be required however scholarships will be available. Applications are usually available in January with a deadline in early March each year. You may contact your high school guidance counselor, the South Central AHEC or appropriate website for an application. Applications will require a personal statement, letter(s) of recommendation, high school transcript, ACT and/or SAT (or PSAT) scores and your photograph. Completing this application process will provide valuable experience and practice for future applications for college, professional school and scholarships. Although everyone will not be accepted, this application completion will be beneficial for you. Below are the three locations for the program as well as the target grade and highlights:
University of Louisville PEPP
Kentucky students from medically under-served areas who have completed their senior year of high school may apply. Also students from ethnic or racial groups underrepresented in medicine or dentistry may apply. The program offers academic enrichment in college freshmen level math and science courses, personal and professional development seminars, clinical observations with physicians and dentists, hands on clinical experiences and a preview of college life. The program usually lasts four to five weeks.
University of Kentucky AHEC Summer Camps
The UK AHEC offers two residential summer camps for current high school students. The 4 week Summer Enrichment Program Camp is open to rising high school juniors (current sophomores) only. The 2 week Health Researchers Youth Academy Camp is open to rising high school seniors (current juniors). The programs are intended for students interested in pursuing a health career.
Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine PEPP
This program accepts Kentucky high school students about to enter 12th grade. Those students entering 12th grade and meet application guidelines get chosen first. Then next accepted are those students entering 11th, 10th and 9th grades. This two week program focuses on academic preparation, clinical/hospital experiences and hands on activities. It includes dormitory life and introduction to medical electives and gross anatomy.
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