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  • RPLP+ News 1


    Rural Roots



    PAGE 10


    PAGE 5

  • RPLP+ News2

    Graduation 2014


    From the Assistant Dean

    Meet the University of Kentucky Rural Physician Leadership Program

    class of 2017

    Rural Roots


    Student Awards14




    Once homeless, University of Kentucky medical school student

    hopes to help those in need


    Student Uses Challenges as Motivation for


    On the cover:Rural Physician Leadership

    Program class of 2015

    Dr. Weaver reflects on the past while looking to the future

    Roots in rural Kentucky fuel medical students desire to respond to


    Discover the future plans of the Rural Physician Leadership Program

    class of 2014

    New names and New Faces

  • RPLP+ News 3

    HISTORYThe University of Kentucky and St. Claire Regional Medical Center have been partners in educating future health care providers for 50 years. This collaboration has given a brief glimpse at rural practice and rural life to hundreds of students. However with the current primary care physician ratio of 1,232:1a, this brief glimpse was not providing as many additional practitioners to rural Kentucky as needed.

    The first attempt at changing this experience began in 2004 with grant funding to pilot a rural training track in Morehead and Hazard. This experience was four months during students third year of medical school. It was also a voluntary experience that included clinical rotations in Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine.

    At the end of the pilot in 2007, representatives from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and St. Claire Regional Medical Center began discussions aimed at establishing a new clinical site and curriculum at a regional site in Northeast Kentucky. These discussions led to the development of the UK College of Medicine Rural Physician Leadership Program (RPLP).

    The RPLP is a four-year program within the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. Students complete their first two years of medical school in Lexington, following the curriculum required for all MD program students. During the third and fourth years of medical school, RPLP students complete the majority of their clinical experiences with St. Claire Regional Medical Center and

    other health care providers in Northeastern Kentucky.

    In addition to this collaboration, the University of Kentucky has an agreement with Morehead State University to provide additional business training to RPLP students. These courses focus on health systems, business practices, and health policy and lead to a Certificate in Health Systems Leadership from Morehead State University.

    aReference: Current Health Profession Statistics for the Region: The current Primary Care Physician Ratio is 1,232:1 in Kentucky. The National Benchmark is 631:1. http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/?sid=8510#app/kentucky/2012/compare-counties/063+043+205+175+127

    Nate Hudson, MDRPLP Class of 2013Favorite Patient Story

    There was one guy in the ICU and his wife was really a character I really liked her. It was one of my first weeks on Internal Medicine, and I was listening to his chest I had not really learned my breath sounds yet and it was clearly just rhonchi. Later it was determined it was because of the mucus in the throat that needed cleared. I had heard of the crackles of heart failure though so I go and get the doctor. His wife had been telling me that she thought he had pneumonia because she put her ear up to his chest and could hear a whistle. I could also hear sounds in his chest and told her I was going to go find the doctor. When the doctor came to listen, the secretions were clear and the sounds were gone. Later that day when the patient had a chest x-ray, it turned out he had pneumonia. Since then, the patients wife thought that I was the only one that could hear pneumonia. I saw her several months later and she said You and I are the only ones that could hear that pneumonia my husband has. To which I replied, Yep, that was me. He was in the hospital for three weeks, and I followed him even through other rotations. I went mostly for his wife. I ran into them during Ortho. He was seeing a doctor for a heart follow-up. The way the man treated me made me feel honored and humbled to know that you can kind of have an impact was very encouraging.

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    Dr. Weaver shares a laugh with Amreen Farooqui during the class of 2017 White Coat Ceremony

    Dear friends and colleagues,

    First, I want to thank all those students, teachers, and supporters who have enabled the Rural Physician Leadership Program to transition from paper to reality. Your hard work has enabled this program to spring into existence, and also has produced a more general change in the approach to training rural physicians at the University of Kentucky.Thanks to you, the RPLP is developing a strong reputation for excellence within the University, and we are getting more applicant referrals from UK faculty and administration. This year, for the first time, we are supplying

    candidates for the Lexington campus from our surplus. Additionally, our MCAT scores and GPAs are inching closer to those of the Lexington campus students.

    We are reforming and refining our curriculum, and the MSU Business and Leadership curriculum has been completely revamped in response to student suggestions. We have developed an M2 elective in rural health, which is at capacity. This spring, we conducted our first Admissions Boot Camp, an intensive experience for selected students

    from regional colleges and universities in rural Eastern Kentucky, funded by the Deans office, and we collaborated with the Northeast AHEC to develop a longer program, piloted for Morehead State University premeds.

    Despite our collective success thus far, we are still anxiously waiting to see whether the program, and its graduates, will have a real and measurable impact on healthcare in rural Kentucky. We are pleased with our progress thus far, but there is still much to do.

    The RPLP is developing a strong reputation for excellence within the University

  • RPLP+ News 5

    During the University of Kentucky College of Medicines recent White Coat ceremony, 136 future physicians from across the Commonwealth as well as from 16 states and 21 countries walked one by one across the stage at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts. The students put on their new white coats symbolizing their first steps toward becoming a medical professional. And although each student has had a different journey to reach that stage, few if any have had more challenges and obstacles to overcome than Kayla Kinker of Covington, Ky. It was my dream to come to school here but I never thought it was possible, Kinker said.The summer before her senior year in high school is when Kayla had to make some tough decisions that would set the course for her future. Life was pretty rough, she said. The apartments we were living in werent stable and we would go without basic utilities. At times not knowing where or when she would get her next meal, she said it was during this difficult time that she made an important decision. I had to decide if I was going to withdraw from school to work full time to help my family or find a way to keep

    going and pursue my education, she said. In the end she knew she could do more for her family and her community by staying in school and trying to get to college. She also found a more stable environment when she moved to the Welcome House, a homeless shelter for women and children in Northern Kentucky, where she lived while completing her senior year in high school. After graduating from high school with honors and going on to finish her degree at Berea College, Kinker is now ready to embark on her next goal: to become a physician and help others who find themselves in situations not unlike her own. Ive always felt like a lot of people had to work very hard to get me here, so now that I have this (white) coat I feel like Im really on my way to paying that back and Ill finally be in a position where I can help others. Kinkers goal is to eventually open a community health center to help others.

    RPLP Student Uses Challenges as Motivation for SuccessOnce homeless, University of Kentucky medical school student hopes to help those in need

    Writer of the storyKristi Lopez, Kody Kiser, Amy Jones-Timoney

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    I was raised in Goose Rock, a small rural area six miles southeast of Manchester in Clay County, Kentucky. I have a passion for these hills and the people who call them home. I chose the Rural Physician Leadership Program because I feel it will provide me with training catered to best serving my rural hometown. I was raised in Goose Rock with one older sister who is currently practicing law there. In May, I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Biology. While attending the university I worked part time as a certified pharmacy technician at Kentucky Clinic Pharmacy. I enjoyed volunteering with many great organizations around Lexington including Scott County Humane Society and the Amachi mentoring program. In my free time I really love to go camping with my family and tend my garden. Currently, I spend my rare study breaks making jewelry and rock climbing.

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