The Summer Enrichment Program is a four-week health careers residential camp hosted by the
University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center that allows students to ‘experience college
before college.’ It is for high school students who are seriously considering a college major leading
to a health profession. It provides an opportunity to learn about the variety of careers in health
professions and to learn some of the requirements for majors leading to a health career. Academic
course work is also part of the camp experience.
During the four weeks, students become familiar and comfortable with the University of Kentucky
campus and its facilities. Students accepted into the Program will spend six weeks observing and
learning from UK faculty, health professionals and health professions students. They will participate
in a structured educational curriculum and have various hands-on activities and clinical observation
opportunities. All of these are designed to teach students about health care professions. Participants
will learn first hand from faculty and students what it takes to succeed as a health professions
student and will meet students currently enrolled in the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry,
Nursing, Health Sciences and Public Health. A unique highlight of the Summer Enrichment Program
is an informal ‘lunch and learn’ with the Dean from each of the health professions colleges.
This is an experience not many students will have during high school. In short, this is a unique
opportunity for the serious student to explore health careers and to prepare him or herself for the
transition to a university setting.