With a successful history of sending students to medical school at the University of Kentucky (UK), Centre College recently became a partner with UK’s Early Assurance Program (EAP) at the University’s new Northern Kentucky medical school campus.
Partnering with schools across the state, the EAP is offered to students in the second semester of their sophomore year. The program is geared toward academically excellent students who demonstrate the qualities of a competent and caring physician, while also having an interest in studying to potentially practice in the northern and north central region of Kentucky.
“I think that Centre’s main motivation for participating is to give our students who are interested in practicing medicine in Northern Kentucky an easier path to enter medical school,” said Joe Workman, professor of chemistry and chief health professions advisor. “They will also get the added bonus of assistance from UK in their application experience in the Northern Kentucky medical community through the summer enrichment programs.”
Students who are accepted and complete the program will receive assured admission into the UK College of Medicine-Northern Kentucky Campus and graduate from their institution.
“The main benefit to Centre is that we will strengthen our ties to UK,” Workman added. “Our students are very successful at the UK College of Medicine, and I predict that success will continue with this new campus. I think this EAP will also help us recruit students from Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati area.”
UK’s medical school is trying to find ways of increasing the physician population in Kentucky, and they have successfully done that by adding a clinical campus in Morehead in Eastern Kentucky, where students spend two years at the main campus in Lexington then transfer for two years to the other campus. Later this year, UK will add a separate medical school in Bowling Green in Western Kentucky.
According to Workman, like the new campus in Bowling Green, the Northern Kentucky medical school will be a self-contained campus where students will spend all four years. With a projected start date of 2020, UK’s goal is to have 35 students per class.
by Kerry Steinhofer
March 28, 2018