Congratulations Raven Hudson!!

Congratulations to our very own Raven Hudson for her excellent work as a UK PEPP Scholar this past summer. Please see the press release sent to us from the University of Kentucky PEPP Scholars Program ( Way to go Raven!

Lexington KY, June 10th – July 11th, 2015: Raven Hudson of Trimble County High School in Trimble County attended a highly competitive and very strenuous four and half week academic residential program at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center. This class’s average GPA was 3.85, with average overall ACT score of 27.3 and an average Science ACT score of 25.2.

Raven was among 35 incoming college students attending the Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP Scholars). This program helps prepare students for the admissions process for medical or dental school, as well as a successful career in undergrad. Students are selected based on a record of academic excellence, outstanding standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, and a personal statement of “Why I want to be a Physician or Dentist?” The majority of students chosen to participate in PEPP Scholars are from areas of Kentucky with health professional shortages.

PEPP Scholars hopes to address the needs of rural areas by preparing students from underserved communities for the demands of the highly competitive health professions admissions exams, as well as the challenges of an undergrad curriculum. Students attend seminars and courses designed to provide a foundation in the sciences and an understanding of many critical issues in the healthcare field. They also learn about many areas of healthcare through hospital rotations in Labor and Delivery and OR at the UK Medical Center. Participants also receive many dental experiences such as learning how to drill and fill on teeth, take impressions, as well as shadowing opportunities in the Urgent Care Clinic and Oral Surgery department.

PEPP Scholars do many community outreach experiences, such as working with special needs camps, putting on bingo events at surrounding nursing homes, hosting parties for the patients out at Eastern State Hospital, and working with elementary schools by putting on health and dental related presentations.