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Cumberlands PA Department Hosts Scrub Program


Students from the Scrubs Program at Manchester Memorial Hospital spent the day at University of the Cumberlands learning about the PA program and exploring their medical options while they learned that they can go with in an hour of their homes and earn a quality education.

Williamsburg, Ky. – For the first time, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Physician’s Assistant Program has teamed up with Manchester Memorial Hospital to assist with their highly successful Scrubs Program.

“It is wonderful to have the local community visit with our program and embrace our mission,” stated UC associate professor of the PA program Kathleen Flynn, PA-C. “We want to get the word out about the PA program and the health care profession.”

In connection with the University of Kentucky’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Manchester Memorial Hospital started the Scrubs Camp during the summer of 2008. The camp, for incoming seventh grade through ninth grade students, was created with the goal of exposing kids to health care careers to better make decisions about entering the profession.

“The reason I started the camp was because I wish a program like this had been around when I was younger to get that experience early on about the profession I didn’t know,” said Veronica Hagen, Manchester Memorial Hospital Director of Food and Nutrition and Live It Up Director.

The program is designed to give students the opportunity to see multiple fields in the health care profession. During the camp students are given the chance to learn about radiology, see surgery being performed, learn from the laboratory techs, experience nursing duties and learn other procedures within the hospital.

One student, Zach Grigsby, attending for his fourth year in the camp said, “This program has really helped me narrow my decisions down a lot. I get to learn different aspects of the medical field and learn what interests me. This is a really good program and anyone interested in the medical field should do it.”

Upon completion of the camp students are members of the FHLEK Club (Future Health Leaders of Eastern Kentucky) that meet once a month to do different community projects.

“AHEC’s main mission is to get students interested in health care and get them in the pipeline,” exclaimed Kristen Brandenburg, AHEC representative. “Students get the chance to be exposed at a young age to the profession and learn what they are interested in.”

This is the first time the camp has been able to come to Cumberlands campus and Hagen says, “I think coming to UC with the students demystifies college for them. The students learn that they can go with in an hour of their house and get a high level education from a great University.”

The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at University of the Cumberlands is offered under a cohort system with course work to be completed over twenty-four months. Of the 101 credit hours in the program, sixty-one hours are earned through didactics coursework in a traditional classroom and laboratory setting. All didactics coursework takes place on the university campus in the Forcht Medical Wing of the Correll Science Complex. The remaining forty hours are earned during the second year in the program through eight supervised clinical rotations in the field.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; nine graduate degrees, including two doctorates, a specialist, and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.