Home town boys start at medical schools
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Kevin Kirk. Courtesy photo
Kevin Kirk. Courtesy photo
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Matthew Torres. Courtesy photo
Matthew Torres. Courtesy photo
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Two local residents have completed studies at Southern Utah University and have acepted into graduate school.

Kevin Kirk, a 2004 San Juan High School graduate and SUU graduate, has been admitted to medical school.

Kevin, a Biology major with a Chemistry minor, has begun attending University of Utah’s Medical School this fall. He is married to Nikole Kirk and they have one son, McKoy. Kevin is the son of Ron and Catherine Kirk of Blanding.

In addition, Matthew Torres, a 2004 Monticello High School graduate and SUU graduate, has been admitted to dental school.

Matt, also a Biology major with a Chemistry minor, has begun attending University of Nevada Las Vegas’ School of Dental Medicine this fall. He is married to Lindsey Torres and they have one child, Kennedy. Matt is the son of Gary and Dee Torres of Monticello.

Gaining entry into a professional school is a big accomplishment, requiring a huge commitment from undergraduate students. In addition to obtaining an academic degree, students must also build an impressive resume including difficult classes and valuable experiences. They were active participants in the Utah Rural Health Scholars Program at SUU, which helped them reach this goal.

Launched six years ago, the Utah Rural Health Scholars program is the first of its kind in the Western states designed to prepare rural students for dental and medical school and graduate healthcare professions. It has greatly contributed to SUU’s record breaking acceptance rates.

For more information about Utah Rural Scholars Program, please call 435-865-8520.
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