Biology major Matt Hall ’21 (Lexington, Kentucky) is the first Centre College student to be admitted into the Early Assurance Program (EAP) for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (UKCOM) at the Northern Kentucky medical school campus. The program will reserve a spot for Hall upon his graduation from Centre.
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 excelling 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.
“My initial interest in the EAP came from hearing Dr. Carol Elam give a presentation at Centre on UKCOM and the program,” Hall said. “I went to an open house for the UKCOM Northern Kentucky campus and spent a weekend in the area to see if I may want to go to medical school and live there, and I really enjoyed it. When I was making the final decision, I discussed it with my friends, family and professors, who all helped me think through it.”
In the long run, the program will help Hall achieve his dream of becoming a physician, but in the short term, it helps him connect with the University, faculty and other students who were accepted.
“For me, being accepted into this program means that all of the hard work I have done at Centre to excel academically, especially as a dyslexic student, has been worth it, because I will be able to make such a big difference in others’ lives as a physician,” he added. “I hope that this program helps me become the best physician I can, and I hope to make connections with people while I am there that will be lifelong connections.
“I would like to specifically thank Kerry Paumi, associate professor of chemistry; Joe Workman, professor of chemistry; and Kelly O’Quin, assistant professor of biology. All three professors have been instrumental in my academic career and acceptance into this program,” Hall continued. “I would also like to thank the rest of my professors who have helped me reach this point, and my friends and family, because I could not have done this without having the kind of loving, supporting and encouraging community that I do.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
May 2, 2019