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3 4 | L O U I S V I L L E . E D U Years later, the student has become the professor. Wright's energy is focused now not only on his patients, but also on his residents and AHEC students. "You see young students come in and how they progress over three years is amazing," said Wright. "It's a great deal of pride for me, because you become so close to the residents and see how much they contribute to these patients." Ray Pennington and his wife, Joyce, frequently drive more than an hour from their home in Summershade, Ky., to the Glasgow clinic. "It's worth the drive to get here," the elderly Pennington said. "We're real thankful to have doctors who we know care about us personally." "There is a connection, commitment and passion to do what you can for these people and their communities," said Wright. "You bring your skills so others can have a better life and that's just gratifying." Wright's colleague and fellow School of Medicine graduate Amelia Kiser, 96MD, also followed the path back to her hometown. "I wanted to be a doctor since I was in elementary school," said Kiser, as she saw patients at the UofL Family Medicine Residency program, where she is a physician and assistant professor. With a warm, rich smile and patient, friendly manner, Kiser moved through her day treating patients she's known all her life. They are her extended family and one of the main reasons she chose to base her medical career in Glasgow. Born and raised in the area, Kiser attended Georgetown College and the UofL School of Medicine. After meeting her husband, also a physician, they moved back to Glasgow. She credits her AHEC rotation as one reason she returned to south central Kentucky. That's music to the ears of V. Faye Jones, MD, PhD, longtime Kentucky AHEC Director for federal funding and assistant vice president for Health Affairs/Diversity Initiatives at UofL. "AHEC has impacted many lives and will continue to do so for many more years," she said. Kelli Bullard Dunn, MD, who took over for Jones in January, said, "in addition to training our medical students, our AHEC sites train a variety of other health care profession- als, including nursing and nurse practitioner students as well as Emergency Medical Technicians. The AHECs also provide critical educational services and outreach within our communities." Kiser contends that practicing in an underserved area actually furthers a physician's career. "Regardless, you understand and can solve medical issues, but here, you have to be friend and counselor also," she said. "Your job does not stop when you leave here. You run into people at Walmart, at the ball game, at church. And they will pull you aside and say, 'Dr. Kiser, I just need to ask you one thing…' Half of the town has my cell phone number because they're either related to me or are in my Sunday School class or my bunco group. But, I love it, I wouldn't practice anywhere else." H O M E G R O W N H E A L T H C A R E UofL medical students work one-on-one with physician mentors including Brent Wright, 98MD, above, in AHEC programs across Kentucky. "You don't approach things in the city the way you do here. I could be in an urban setting; I just choose to be in a rural setting." —Amelia Kiser, 96MD U L _ 3 4 3 4 UL_34 34 1 / 2 4 / 1 4 1 0 : 1 2 A M 1/24/14 10:12 AM

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