The GPPA APPLICATION for 2014 is available.

GPPA clinics offer comprehensive services and counselling, including pap smears, pregnancy tests and contraceptives. The organization provides training for nurses, and family planning information and education on a national scale through media activity and community meetings. A key objective is to reduce the country’s relatively high rate of teenage pregnancy, which has serious impacts on health, well-being and life-prospects for both mothers and children. To this end, GPPA runs youth health clinics which provide sexual and reproductive health (SRH) advice, and skills and remedial academic training for teenagers who have dropped out of the formal education system.

NO CHARGE FOR GPPA MEMBERS Details at

At this time, GPPA students do not receive preferential treatment for registration or housing.

Treasurer GPPA, 125 Castle Lea, Caldicot,

Please note that starting for fall 2006 admission, the GPPA pre-pharmacy program will require that students complete a BS or BA degree prior to beginning the PHARMD program. This requirement is only for GPPA students and does not apply to traditional applicants to the PHARMD program.

Treasurer GPPA, 125 Castle Lea, Caldicot,

Most GPPA students are required to apply to and participate in the Honors College at UIC. The Honors College offers may special services and facilities to its membership including: private computer lab and study lounge space, personalized advising, research and scholarship opportunities, and the faculty fellow program.

Treasurer GPPA, 125 Castle Lea, Caldicot,
The GPPA Website was launched at last year’s AGM. The web address is

Treasurer GPPA, 125 Castle Lea, Caldicot,

“The GPPA program is directly responsible for the wide range of opportunities I was able to take advantage of as a UIC undergraduate. Without the flexibility that GPPA allowed due to the guarantee of medical school acceptance, I might have had a narrower undergraduate path with a view to applying for a graduate program. Instead, I studied neuroscience and history, and also took courses in medical ethics, cultural anthropology, and philosophy. I participated in scientific research programs at UIC and the National Institutes of Health, but also had the opportunity to contribute to non-medically-related organizations and interest groups, such as OneWorld, the student-published social issues magazine, and the Honors College Admissions Policy Taskforce. Participating in GPPA provided the opportunity to explore both international and local cultures and interact with a wide range of people - from my fellow students who shared my interest in medicine, to professors eager to share their knowledge, to community leaders working toward improving conditions for impoverished local residents. I am currently a medical student at Northwestern University in the joint MD/MPH (Master of Public Health) program, but credit the GPPA Medicine program at UIC for providing a solid foundation for my medical school years and career as a physician.”

GPPA Social Meeting – Wed 28th May 2014 at Islwyn Social Club, Blackwood Road, Pontllanfraith. 7pm.

GPPA AGM – Wed 24th Sept 2014 – Islwyn Social Club, Pontllanfraith.

Board of the GPPA: (left to right) Dr. Jennifer Rooney, Dr. Kecia Brooks-Smith-Lowe, Karen Lewis, Kemrol Bernard (Youth Reps), Jeannine Sylvester Gill (Executive Director), Kennedy Roberts (Vice President), Desmond John (President), Allan Bierzynski (Treasurer), Yvonne Thomas (Secretary), Yusuf Benn, Ayanna Williams, Kerlin Charles, and Che Cummings.

Treasurer GPPA, 125 Castle Lea, Caldicot,

GPPA Lunch Club – 5th June 2014 – Morels Restaurant

“UIC, in general, provided me with a plethora of opportunities throughout the years with respect to school activities, work, recreation, leadership, research, scholarship, travel, ... the list goes on and on. The GPPA Medicine program and the Honors College were particularly instrumental in my education and scholastic maturation. I worked with Dr. Chambers and Dr. Cohen during my undergraduate years, doing some basic science research in their laboratories, however their influence on me has involved much more than scholastic mentorship. They have been great influences on me academically, encouraging me always to expand my horizons with respect to both academics and life experiences in general. Through the influence of the GPPA and Honors College programs, I was able to earn academic scholarships and research stipends; work with and mentor students as well as serve on academic boards; publish in UIC-sponsored publications and academic journals; and forge meaningful relationships with both mentors and colleagues that I still cherish today (Dr. Madia, Joey Volpe, Beth Powers, Jennifer Kosco, to name a few...). I continued keeping in touch with many of these people throughout medical school at UIC, and stayed involved in various activities and leadership roles at the graduate school level. Ultimately, after medical school, I elected to pursue a residency training program at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. I am currently a second-year resident in this five-year program, throughout which I will operate at various hospitals, including UIC, the Jesse Brown VA, Cook County, Mercy, and Children's Memorial, as well as Drs. Dean Toriumi and J. Regan Thomas' Facial Plastic Surgery center in the Bloomingdale's building downtown.”