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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, and ACT and/or SAT (or PSAT) scores . 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. 

Learn about specific programs below:

University of Louisville PEPP

Kentucky students from medically under-served areas who have completed their senior year of high school 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 is from June 5 - July 1, 2016.  Applications are due by March 31, 2016.

Learn more and apply here!


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. The program is from June 4 - 17, 2016. Applications are due by February 28, 2016. 

 Learn more and apply here! 


University of Kentucky PEPP Scholar

Kentucky students from medically under-served areas who have graduated from high school, may apply to this program. This program is meant for students interested in becoming rural physicians or dentists.  Students will experience college life as they attend medical lectures and take clinical sit visits. Students will also have rotations at the UK Medical Center. The Program runs from June 15- July 15, 2016. Applications are due December 21, 2015. 

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University of Kentucky PEPP 2

Open to Kentucky college students who are interested in becoming a rural doctor or dentist.  This program helps students prepare for the MCAT or DAT, gives students clinical experience, and instructs students on a variety of health topics. The program runs from June 15- July 15, 2016. Applications are due January 13, 2015. 

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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.

Learn more and apply here!


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