2014 Professional Education Preparation Program applications now available!

Apply for summer program to prepare for a career in medicine!



The Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) offered by the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) exists to remedy the significantly underserved medical needs of Kentucky’s rural areas by addressing the chronic underrepresentation of Kentucky residents in medical school admissions. The KYCOM PEPProgram exclusively serves Kentucky high school students—the majority of whom are students about to enter the 12th or 11th grade. The PEPProgram annually enrolls approximately 50 high school students in a two-week summer residential program on the University of Pikeville campus that offers participants a variety of educational experiences targeted to enhance their personal interest in a medical career, add to their understanding of the elements of a medical education, and expand their awareness of how medicine is practiced in a rural setting. Typical PEPProgram activities include lectures, anatomical laboratory and pro-sections, volunteer work in the local hospital, and participation in relevant social and cultural events.

The PEPProgram was established by the 1980 Kentucky General Assembly (KRS 162.028) for the purpose of increasing the number and proportion of students from health professions shortage areas (primarily rural) who apply to, are accepted by, and graduate from medical and dental school. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education administers the program.

KYCOM PEPPROGRAM DATES: May 31-June 13, 2014 PEPP Application Deadline: February 28, 2014.  Applications are available now.


For applications and general information, please contact:

Ronnie Collins KYCOM Director of Admissions

Phone: 606-218-5409

Fax: 606-218-5405

E-Mail: RonnieCollins@upike.edu