UK Graduate Confronts Diabetes in Appalachia

Posted: 7/7/2016
Growing up in Hazard, Kentucky, Brittany Martin was familiar with diabetes. Many of her older relatives had been diagnosed with the chronic condition, and her younger family members were starting to develop it as well. In a state with one of the highest rates of diabetes — 11.3 percent of adults had a diagnosis in 2014 —Martin’s family wasn’t out of the ordinary, but she found the status quo unacceptable. Since she graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a dual degree in biology and sociology, Martin’s family history and her interest in health have converged in her current role as coordinator of the Big Sandy Diabetes Coalition (BSDC), where she serves... FULL STORY
Tags: Diabetes, Rural Health

From AHEC Health Career Campers to Wildcats

Posted: 6/17/2016
Established in 2005, the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Pipeline Program works to further the interest of students in health professions. One of the goals of AHEC is to increase the number of health care providers in the Commonwealth. A popular manifestations of this program is the Summer Health Careers Camps. Open to Kentuckians, who are juniors or seniors in high school, camps allow students to interact with professionals from a variety of medical fields. There are two camp options, Summer Enrichment Camp, which lasts four weeks or Health Researchers Youth Academy, which lasts two weeks. Both camps are located at UK and students stay in residence halls. Funded... FULL STORY
Tags: AHEC, Students, Medical Education

UK Opens the Door of Possibility for Minority High School Students

Posted: 5/24/2016
Most high school students are exposed to history, biology and algebra classes, but a fortunate group of students from Lexington's Bryan Station High School (BSHS) had the unique opportunity during the past year to examine gross specimens in a pathology lab, tour hospital testing laboratories, attend medical lectures and even take part in an intensive care unit (ICU) simulation training, among other activities that are part of the curriculum for University of Kentucky medical students. Four BSHS students were chosen by their school educators to participate in a health sciences mentoring program for economically disadvantaged but ambitious African American students.... FULL STORY
Tags: Diversity, Student Affairs

UK College of Medicine Graduates Leave Legacy of Service with Wellness

Posted: 5/13/2016
Although they will be graduating Saturday, during the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine Commencement Ceremonies, Lauren Falvo and Marissa Luoma have worked to leave behind a legacy of service and a space for patients and staff in a dedicated Wellness Garden located at the Kentucky Clinic. In 2012, Lauren and Marissa both began their journey at UK. They developed their love for medicine and discovered the fields in which they were most interested. Though Marissa didn't always want to be a doctor. Then, during her third year of undergraduate work, she developed a chronic illness and learned firsthand about the health care field. Not only did the experience... FULL STORY
Tags: Students, OME, Undergraduate Medical Education

College of Medicine Student Working to Address Role Physicians Can Play in

Posted: 5/10/2016
There are many professions we see as central to the criminal justice system; police officers, lawyers and judges are some of the jobs that come to mind. When we think about the people playing an integral part in reforming that system, politicians and activists may come to mind. Cameron Henry, a second year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, realized there was a role he and other physicians could play in lowering the incarceration rate in the United States. During a presentation at the Student National Medical Association’s Annual Medical Education Conference, Henry along with several physicians and medical students addressed the role... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education, Student Affairs, Students

How Medical Students Learn in Swaziland

Posted: 4/15/2016
The Community Faculty Program at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine hosted its 22nd Annual Community Faculty Conference for community faculty, campus faculty colleagues, administration, professional staff and regional Area Health Education Center (AHEC) staff April 8-9. But some people may be surprised by the distance some community faculty travel for the conference and the chance to meet their UK colleagues in person. Dr. Pawelos Beshah from Swaziland, a small landlocked African nation, attends the conference each year. Beshah serves as a preceptor in the physician assistant program and volunteers to provide medical education to third- and fourth-year... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education, Students

Match Day Results Change the Lives of UK Medical Students

Posted: 3/25/2016
For medical students, there is one day a year that means as much, and might be as stressful, as all the exams and studying. After four years of medical school, and numerous interviews, medical students find out where they will spend the next years of their lives in residency programs. Match Day is a culmination of the hard work and dreams of students on the path to becoming doctors.On Friday, March 18 UK's fourth-year medical students gathered with family and friends at the Keene Barn at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington. At noon, students began making their way one by one to the stage to reveal where they “matched" and will be spending the next few years... FULL STORY
Tags: Match Day, Student Affairs

UK College of Medicine Hosts Annual Sue Fosson Spring Humanities Festival

Posted: 3/21/2016
Students, staff, faculty and friends are invited to attend the Sue Fosson Spring Humanities Festival: A Celebration of the Arts. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., March 23 in the University of Kentucky Singletary Center for the Arts. Faculty and staff from across the UK HealthCare clinical enterprise and the health professions colleges, including students from the College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy, will be performing. There will be music, dancing, poetry reading, and even magic. It will be an evening full of wonderful entertainment. Admission to the event is free and a reception will follow the performance. The Humanities Festival... FULL STORY
Tags: Medical Education, Humanities, Student Affairs

Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony

Posted: 3/1/2016
The College of Medicine will host the Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Singletary Center for the Arts located at 405 Rose Street. Join us on this memorable day and share in the excitement for our graduates. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a reception following the ceremony.  Click here for the graduation annoumcement flyer. 

Medical Students Awarded by ACP

Posted: 2/10/2016
Multiple UK College of Medicine students received awards at the American College of Physicians (ACP) Kentucky Chapter’s Annual Scientific Meeting. Students were awarded during the research poster competition in the following categories. Medical Student Clinical Vignette1st Place: Dillon Li, Class of 2017 - “What You Don't Eat Makes You Bleed”2nd Place: Grace Liu, Class of 2016 - “ An Ex-Spleenation for Hypercalcemia”3rd Place: David Saxon, Class of 2016 - “The Obstruction is Restricting Diagnosis” Medical Student Research2nd Place: Catherine Mannon, Class of 2017 - “Student Self Awareness of Competency Using EPAs”3rd Place: Kristin Andres, Class of 2018 - “Non-... FULL STORY

UK Salvation Army Clinic Offers Hands-on Experience

Posted: 2/10/2016
For many in Lexington, the UK Salvation Army Clinic is their only access to healthcare, but for UK students, UKSAC offers an opportunity to learn about the medical field in a hands-on environment. According to UKSAC’s website, the clinic is “a free clinic run by medical students from the University of Kentucky.”“It enables interested and concerned medical students to help treat and serve the population,” said Eric Weber, a second year medical student and one of UKSAC’s clinic managers. “And (UKSAC) also provides extended training for students outside the academic medical school.”The clinic began in 1986 by the Lexington Salvation Army. Now, UK College of Medicine... FULL STORY

UK Study Calls for Closer Examination of Transitional Care Management

Posted: 1/17/2016
Reducing excessive medical costs associated with high hospital readmission rates is a pillar of health care reform. From 2007 to 2011, as many as 19 percent of patients in the United States returned to hospitals less than a month after discharge, accounting for an estimated $15 million in preventable hospitalization costs. In an effort to prevent adverse outcomes for chronically ill and aging patients and reduce the burden of cost on the government, Medicare providers have implemented transitional care management programs (TCMs) as a bundled component of Medicare payment plans. TCMs comprise a broad set of services and interventions designed to ease the transition... FULL STORY
Tags: Research