Three current University of Kentucky medical students recently visited Herald Whitaker Middle and Magoffin County High School to talk to students interested in a career in medicine. Zachary Neace (Elliott County High School graduate), Jeremy Swiney (Magoffin County High School graduate), and Daniel Carman (Jackson County High School graduate) discussed topics ranging from tips on getting a good ACT score to valuable information for anyone thinking about a career in medicine. Principal Tony Skaggs said this was a great opportunity for prospective students to interact and ask questions. Neace, Swiney and Carman placed an emphasis on the need for physicians in rural Kentucky communities and UK’s desire to recruit students from these areas for training in medical school. They mentioned that students can begin their education at a local community college and still get accepted into medical school. They also shared information about UK’s Rural Physician Leadership Program, which places medical students at St. Claire Hospital in Morehead, KY for their clinical rotations so they can be better prepared to practice in a rural setting. Neace, Swiney, and Carman say they are planning to establish a health science mentorship program for rural high school students. This program would outline details of the medical field to help high school students decide whether pursuing medicine is compatible with their skills, strengths, and career aspirations. The medical students participating in the program also hope to offer advice and guidance on important decision making once high school students begin the transition into college.
Pictured left to right are Principal Tony Skaggs, Zachary Neace, Jeremy Swiney, & Daniel Carman