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Wayne County High School Senior Tanner Thompson attended PEPP, Professional Education Preparation Program, at the University of Pikeville, for two weeks this summer.  He gained valuable information towards a future goal to become a Cardiothoracic surgeon.

The focus of the camp, which included 34 students, was on medical school and the life of a medical student. He observed surgeries and learned from daily lectures at the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“Our daily routine consisted of breakfast around 7:30 a.m. We then headed to the hospital where we were assigned to a new unit every day. We interacted with patients, scrubbed into surgeries, and had one on one time with the doctors. After that, we had lunch at the college and headed to our lecture for the day. These lectures were given by the medical school professors. We would then head to the Gross Lab, where we performed work on our Cadaver body, Harriet,” explained Thompson.

There were all kinds of social events, as well. Every evening consisted of a new activity from field activities, water balloon fights, card games, talent shows or hikes. 

“It was an amazing experience and I was honored to represent Wayne County! It really helped confirm my desire to one day be a medical student,” said the senior.

Thompson, the son of Casey Thompson and Shawn Thompson, has a 4.3 GPA and a 28 ACT score, while also maintaining a job as a manager at Wendy’s Restaurant. He takes all his classes on-line and will graduate with over 30 hours of college credit. He is the president of student government, as well as the Teenage Republican Club. He is perhaps best known for serving as the school mascot because he does an outstanding job at games, pep rallies, and appearances at elementary schools. He is currently running on the cross-country team.

Next year, he will apply to attend the highly competitive five-week PEP Program. He plans to major in Biology at either the University of Kentucky or University of Louisville.

Tanner is the president of student government, the school mascot, takes all his classes online and will graduate with over 30 hours of college credit. He is at cross-country practice tonight. He hopes to become a Cardiothoracic surgeon.



PEPP Participants


The students from across Kentucky that participated in Pikeville College PEPP


Tanner Thompson


Tanner intubing and doing CPR on a "patient" with two professors at the Medical School


Tanner in Scrubs


Tanner wears scrubs into his first surgery - an open-heart surgery


PEPP fun activities


Tanner's team, the "Flamingoes," took home the trophy on field day



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