Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP)

Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP)

As of February 6, 2018 the PEPP funding for summer 2018 has been eliminated from the Kentucky state budget. We will be contacting all applicants who have applied for this year’s cycle, and keep you all informed of any additional opportunities. We encourage interested students to contact Ms. Ashley O'Neil at 502-852-5741 or for pre-health advising. We apologize for any inconveniences resulting from this unexpected budget cut.

The Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP) Pre-College Summer Workshop

The PEPP Pre-College Summer Workshop is a residential summer academic enrichment and career exploration program for graduating high school seniors interested in medicine or dentistry. This program equips young scholars to transition into college and helps them to plan for competitive medical or dental school applications. PEPP was established to assist in diminishing the number of medically underserved areas in Kentucky by developing more competitive applicants for medical and dental school from those areas. Such students are more likely to return to their hometowns or similar areas to practice medicine or dentistry, thus helping to eliminate the health professional shortage areas in Kentucky.

PEPP is limited to graduating Kentucky high school seniors interested in becoming a physician or dentist. Students do not have to attend UofL to participate in this program.

Applicants must be Kentucky residents and preference is given to applicants from designated medically under-served areas and students from ethnic or racial groups underrepresented in medicine or dentistry. Students are exposed to the health sciences and the undergraduate campus community. The program offers academic enrichment in college freshmen level math and science courses, personal and professional development seminars, clinical observations with physicians and dentists, hands on clinical experiences, and a preview of college life! Participants will acquire the tools necessary to transition from high school to college and to confirm their commitment to pursue medicine or dentistry.

Scholars will:

  • Live on campus for the entire program
  • Receive academic enrichment in college level science and math courses (not for credit)
  • Perform hands-on activities at the medical and dental simulation labs
  • Participate in health care seminars and tour health care facilities
  • Attend clinical observations in the School of Dentistry Clinic, University Hospital, private medical and dental practices and other health care facilities
  • Participate in teambuilding, community service and personal and professional development activities


PEPP Group picture 2017