HC Medical Center awarded

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The University of Kentucky Community Faculty Program serves to strengthen, support and build upon numerous partnerships between regional practicing health professionals and the university. Health professionals become Community Faculty through the appointment process of respective departments and colleges with approval by the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees. Upon arrival, they become part of the Voluntary Faculty Series. As a result, Community Faculty trained thousands of health professions students in remote regional practice settings and/or engaged in research initiatives with University of Kentucky faculty.

Each year during the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine Fall Convocation and Awards Day, the College of Medicine and the UK Area Health Education Center (AHEC) recognizes a community faculty preceptor that has demonstrated commitment to providing a quality education for our medical students. For 2013, Dr. Ronald Koff and Dr. Steven D White were selected to receive the Outstanding Community Preceptor Award, which was presented at the Academic Convocation and Awards Day. Their selection is based on student evaluations and recommendations.

Dr. Koff and Dr. White share a love for teaching future health professional students. They love their profession and create a conducive environment for hands-on learning. Under the auspices of Dr. Koff and Dr. White, students engaged in the practice of real medicine and gain independence and confidence in their clinical skills and knowledge. Students also benefit from living and working in a small community setting.

In their assessments of the off-site clinical rotations, student comments reflect the impact of these experiences and underscore the patience and dedication of the community faculty. A third year medical student from the University of Kentucky wrote, “Dr. Koff was an amazing preceptor and was really willing to teach and explain different concepts thoroughly.” Another University of Kentucky MD/Ph.D student commented, “I was 99.9% sure I wanted to go into research. After my AHEEC rotation at Dr. Koff and Dr. White’s office, I’m considering changing to primary care. The doctors are just so happy at their practice.”