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University of the Cumberlands PA student accepted to SEARCH Tennessee


Crystal McKiddy

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Crystal McKiddy, a University of the Cumberlands student in the Physician Assistant Studies program, was accepted by the Tennessee Primary Care Association into the Student/Resident Experiences and Rotations in Community Health program in March. Twenty-two students are selected yearly to participate in the program, known as SEARCH Tennessee, “based on their academic standing and interest in working in an underserved community.”

“I am honored to be one of the 22 yearly recipients of the SEARCH program,” says McKiddy. “This opportunity will allow me to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with the underserved and work in a community that I am proud to call my home.”

McKiddy was accepted to complete her Family Medicine clinical rotations at Mountain Peoples Health Councils, Inc., in Scott Co., Tenn., where she will work directly under Dr. Edward Capparelli, Mountain Peoples’ health clinic physician. Mountain Peoples will receive a stipend which will aid them in their work with the underserved in their area, and McKiddy will also receive a stipend upon completion of certain criteria set by the Association.

McKiddy has been at the clinic a short time, and has already been blessed by the opportunity to serve.

“The patients in the community are so warm-natured and welcoming to me,” she says. “I look forward to the remainder of my clinic days and to all the blessings that I will continue to receive.”

SEARCH is a program funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Clinician Recruitment and Service to provide health professions students with community-oriented, primary-care rotations in medically underserved areas. The SEARCH Tennessee program is administered by the Tennessee Primary Care Association.