UK Program Eases The Transition To Medical School For Minority Students

Aug 12, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - 32 prospective minority students just wrapped up a crash course in med school at the University of Kentucky as part of a student-led program.

This is the fourth year the UK College of Medicine has brought minority junior and senior undergraduate students to the university in the hopes of sparking their interest in medical school. The program, called UK Minority Education Development, or UKMED, hosted its biggest group yet on Sunday and Monday.

Program planner and second year UK med student Nana Agyemang-Mensah says it’s an experience she wishes she had undergone before applying.

"I didn't go to undergrad in America. I went to undergrad in Ghana [in] West Africa, and so I moved here and didn't know who to talk to and I applied to med school and it was horrible because every school said no and I didn't know why," she says.

Last week marked the first week of classes for the College of Medicine’s Class of 2017, which is also the largest and most diverse in the school history.