Alumni Spotlight - Bill Grimes, PA-C


The UKPA Program would like to congratulate former Morehead Campus Program Director, Bill Grimes, PA-C, for receiving the Northeast Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Lifetime Achievement Award at the November Preceptor Banquet.  Each year the NEAHEC asks for nominations by students and colleagues for the awards acknowledging and paying tribute to the exceptional preceptors in the region.  Many students, faculty, and staff have had the honor to work with Bill and all can attest to his love of the profession and teaching.  Bill still runs the New Hope Free Clinic ( in Owingsville, KY as well as guest lectures for the program.  


Staff Spotlight - Kim Porter

Kim Porter is the Program Assistant for the Morehead Campus and has worked with the program for 10 years.  Kim provides support to the faculty and students of the program and is actually the backbone of the Morehead campus.  Originally from Olive Hill, Kentucky, Kim enjoys horseback riding and spending time with her six dogs, four horses, and one cat.  


Preceptor Spotlight - Pawelos Besha, M.D.


Dr. Pawelos Beshah M.D. has been a preceptor to the Physician Assistant students in Swaziland for more than 15 years. He has worked at the Raleigh Pitkin Memorial Hospital, a mission facility Swaziland. He has been recipient of Fulbright Scholarship for research.

The UKPAS program and all students who have worked with Dr. Beshah hold him in highest esteem for his clinical acumen across specialties including minor surgical procedures and his attention to patient care issues. He is an extraordinary teacher and mentor for other members of the health care team and university students. He has designed innovative initiatives to improve the quality of care that is delivered to the Swazi communities. In particular, he has been passionate about effectively treating infant malnutrition and preventing exacerbations of childhood asthma.

Dr. Beshah has visited the University of Kentucky, has taught classes and has provided valuable insight to healthcare system in Africa, which is of immense value to the students to functioning in a global environment. The UKPAS program thanks Dr. Beshah for his association with the UKPAS program over a long period of time.