PIKEVILLE — The Osteopathic Medicine’s Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program, also known as 4+4, is an eight-year program offered by the University of Pikeville in conjunction with the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM).
Each year, 10 graduating high school seniors are selected for the program based on the following qualifications: They are a resident of Kentucky, West Virginia or Virginia, in the top 10 percent of their class or earned a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and scored a minimum of 1200 on the SAT or 26 on the ACT. Upon completion of their bachelor’s degree at UPIKE, scholars who have maintained the proper grade point average, achieved the required score the MCAT and exhibited proper ethical conduct will have guaranteed acceptance into KYCOM.
I consider myself extremely blessed to be among the first graduating class of Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program. Since my acceptance in 2010, I have been given some unique and wonderful opportunities concerning my medical future. My freshman year, we participated in D.O.s on the GO, a community-based free clinic, where we worked alongside doctors and KYCOM students as they provided residents with basic health screenings and osteopathic manipulative treatment.
We were also given a tour of the Coal Building, KYCOM’s new educational facility, including the new OMT clinic, where we were instructed how to perform some basic movements.
Recently, we attended a free study skills workshop alongside current KYCOM students that was designed to prepare us for our upcoming medical school course load and block exams. Annually, we volunteer as ushers for KYCOM’s White Coat Ceremony and attend KYCOM’s Open House where we inform other prospective osteopathic medical students about our program.
Scholars are also required to attend monthly sessions to discuss our undergraduate and future graduate courses, information about shadowing physicians and financial aid opportunities.
— Katherine Baker of Busy, Ky., is a senior biology major and a member of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medical Scholars Program. She also serves as a student chaplain on campus.