British graduate says growing up in eastern Ky. spurred her medical career

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The University of Kentucky’s spring commencement ceremonies begin Friday morning. A graduate hopes to give back to her underserved Eastern Kentucky community after crossing the stage.

Alison Porter describes her hometown of Oil Springs as your typical eastern Kentucky town.

“It’s very, very small and very united,” Porter said.

It was the community in which she grew up that motivated her career change.

“Once I got up to love, prepare to graduate, choose which vet school I was going to go to, you know, you got that April 15th commitment date. I was getting there and just felt like this nagging feeling, just like a gut feeling, that it wasn’t where I needed to be at that moment,” Porter said.

She had a thought, “Maybe I’ll go see a doctor and see how it goes.”

Now Porter will begin medical school on August 1. She realized that her passion for helping people was nothing new. It started at a young age, taking care of her sick grandmother.

“I remembered how much I loved taking care of her. And it wasn’t something I had to do, it was something I decided to do, because I wanted to,” Porter said, “I wanted her to be comfortable and cared for. So that’s something I want to pass on to any patients in Eastern Kentucky or the area. of Appalachia.

After graduating from the UK College of Medicine, Porter plans to return to her home community to care for the people she believes have greatly influenced her.

She is one of 3,900 students to graduate from the UK this weekend.

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