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University of Kentucky College of Medicine

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Welcome to the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. We are an academic medical institution dedicated to providing superior education and training in order to produce highly qualified, caring physicians to serve the people of Kentucky and the nation.

One of six colleges comprising the UK Medical Center (Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health), the College of Medicine is located on UK's main campus in scenic Lexington, Ky. Take a virtual tour of our Medical Campus.

New Hospital Pavilion
In May 2011, UK opened the new 1.2 million-square-foot pavilion at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital. Two patient floors with a total of 128 beds (48 intensive care and 80 acute care beds in all private rooms) were the first to open: Floor 6 for neuroscience services; Floor 7 for trauma and acute care surgery patients.
The new pavilion A incorporates the best that medicine has to offer with art, music and landscaping reflective of the spirit of Kentucky. The facility is expected to be completed in phases over the next six to 10 years, eventually replacing the original UK Chandler Hospital. The new pavilion also includes:

  • The new UK Chandler Emergency Department. Home to the only Level 1 trauma center serving Central and Eastern Kentucky;
  • The Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center.
Academic Mission
UK's Kentucky Medical Curriculum, a national model, relates scientific principles and concepts to the prevention of disease and to the delivery of modern, compassionate medical care. Because students with diverse backgrounds and interests pursue a variety of medical careers, the curriculum provides the knowledge and skills essential for further professional development. The Kentucky Medical Curriculum emphasizes early longitudinal clinical experiences, integration of the basic and clinical sciences, teaching in ambulatory clinic settings and primary care. UK's curriculum uses many learning methods, including standardized patients, clinical training models, computer-assisted instruction, human-patient simulators, problem-based learning, small-group tutorials, interactive lectures and laboratory exercises.

Setting its sights even higher, UK is currently embarking upon an endeavor to further enhance its medical curriculum. Realizing that medical students rotate in and out of clinical experiences, UK recognizes that students often see glimpses or"snapshots" of chronic illness and do not witness how it affects the patient and his or her family. UK groups rotations to provide the opportunity for students to follow a patient's care over a 16-week period.

We take great pride in having more than 800 full-time basic science and clinical faculty members who are accessible to students for questions and consultations.

Student Enrollment Profile
As of August 2011, the total enrollment in the College of Medicine is 465 students. About 80 percent of the medical students enrolled each year are Kentucky residents. Highly qualified non-residents may be accepted into each entering class. UK recruits high-caliber students from across the Commonwealth, nation and world. Below you will find average scores and GPAs of the incoming class of 2016

Deans's Welcome
At the University of Kentucky College of Medicine we pride ourselves in educating future physicians and scientists. We conduct breakthrough biomedical research and lead in providing quality, complex patient care to the Commonwealth and beyond. Whether you are a medical student, graduate student or house staff member, it is truly an exciting time to be a part of the UK College of Medicine.

The College provides innovative, high-quality education to all of our learners. Our programs are fully accredited and nationally respected. We know that each student has unique career goals and aspirations. For those pursuing a medical degree, you will find a spectrum of options, from the Rural Physician Leadership Program to the M.D./Ph.D. Program.

These allow you to pursue your individual interests and passions. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows benefit from the College's strong collaborative research programs and the many exciting biomedical research projects taking place here. For house staff, our College offers more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas of medicine. You are taught in an ambiance of collegiality and respect.

At UK College of Medicine, no matter what educational path you are considering, you will be taught by excellent educators and faculty members who are dedicated to your growth, both personally and professionally.

The productivity of the College's faculty has led to impressive gains in research funding. Grants and contracts in the College of Medicine reached $134.8 million in fiscal year 2010, including in excess of $88 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Coupled with the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science's recent Clinical and Translational Science Award from the NIH, we are a part of a select national biomedical research consortium and on our way to becoming a top 20 research institution.

These and other accomplishments mean more opportunities for you to participate in valuable research endeavors. We view research as a collaborative effort and benefit from being one of the few universities in the nation to have all six health science colleges on our campus. We are well-positioned for interprofessional health care collaboration and research.

Our clinical enterprise and services are another major draw for prospective learners. UK College of Medicine clinical faculty deliver care at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children's Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Markey Cancer Center, Gill Heart Institute, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute and Kentucky Clinic.

These state-of-the-art facilities provide an excellent training ground for students, researchers and house staff. Additionally, a new 1.2 million-square-foot patient care pavilion at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital was recently completed. This pavilion includes the new UK Chandler Emergency Department and the Makenna David Pediatric Emergency Center and is paramount in the plan to become a premier regional medical center concentrating on cancer, trauma, neurosciences, organ transplantation and pediatric subspecialties.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, which was founded in 1960, provides innovative, high-quality education through its nationally recognized curriculum, emphasizing early clinical experiences, continuity as a guiding principle, integration of the basic and clinical sciences, and innovative teaching and learning methods such as problem-based learning, small-group tutorials, standardized patients, computer-assisted instruction, clinical training models, and interactive lectures and laboratory exercises.

The college's mission is to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes that promote professionalism, teamwork, life-long learning, empathy, scholarship, cultural sensitivity, and leadership, with the goal of providing excellence in education, health care and research within the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.

  • Approximately 96 percent of all medical students receive some form of financial aid and 45 percent benefit from scholarship awards.
  • UK is one of a few medical schools to offer a tuition guarantee program. This guarantees each entering class a set tuition that will remain constant for the four years they are enrolled in medical school.
  • In 2012, UK medical students matched into 20 different specialties for residency. Twenty-four percent elected to stay within the UK HealthCare system, and an additional seven percent elected to stay in Kentucky for residency.
  • The college has one of 10 triple-board residency programs in the nation where residents can train in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Pediatrics.
  • The college has more than 8,000 alumni, including medical students, graduate research students and house staff, who practice in all 50 states and several countries around the world.
  • UK is one of a few universities to have all six health science colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health and Health Sciences) all on the same university campus making it well-positioned for interprofessional health care education and collaborative research.
  • In 2010, researchers at George Washington University ranked UK among the top 20 medical schools in the United States based upon its "social mission score," representing the percentage of graduates who practice primary care, work in underserved areas or are underrepresented minorities.
  • The college has a special focus on rural health care with the Rural Physician Leadership Program based in Morehead and a growing number of clinical opportunities in western Kentucky.


  • Grants and contracts in the College of Medicine reached $116.9 million in fiscal year 2012, (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012) including in excess of $66 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
  • In federal fiscal year 2011, (October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011) UK received 62 percent of the NIH research funding granted to Kentucky medical schools.
  • The College of Medicine accounts for more than 42 percent of UK's grants and contracts.
  • Currently, the college has more than 245,000 net square feet of research space.
  • In 2011 the NIH awarded UK's Center for Clinical and Translational Science $20 million to move research discoveries to health care solutions more quickly. Awarded through the NIH's institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards, this designation makes UK's Center for Clinical and Translational Science a part of a select national biomedical research consortium.

UK HealthCare offers:

  • A team of more than 6,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and health care workers all dedicated to patient health;
  • More than 80 specialty programs and services;
  • More than 140 outreach clinics and programs throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky;
  • Radiation treatment facilities in Georgetown, Maysville and Morehead; and
  • Highly acclaimed centers, including the Center for Advanced Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center and Transplant Center.

In 2010 a new UK Chandler Emergency Department opened. In addition to state-of-the-art pediatric and adult emergent care, it holds the only Level I trauma center serving pediatric and adult patients of Central and Eastern Kentucky.

In May 2011, UK opened the new 1.2 million-square-foot pavilion at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.

UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital has been ranked the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky, according to the 2012-13 Best Hospitals rankings published July 17, 2012, by U.S. News & World Report.

The orthopaedics program at UK Chandler Hospital was also recognized, ranked among the top 50 hospitals nationwide for orthopaedic care. UK Chandler Hospital was listed as "high-performing" in 10 specialty areas.

The College of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education of the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association.

University of Kentucky College of Medicine Degree Programs :


  • Master Degree
  • MS in Medical Sciences
  • MS in Nutritional Sciences
  • MS in Toxicology
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • Integrated Biomedical Sciences
  • Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Graduate Center for Nutritional Sciences
  • Graduate Center for Toxicology
  • Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular and Biomedical Pharmacology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Physiology

Video Presentation

Future physicians receive their white coats at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine celebrated the union of past, present and future through the White Coat Ceremony. Alumni from the past five decades presented the newest medical students with a symbol of the profession--their white coats--on Friday, Aug. 6, at UK's Singletary Center for the Arts.

Contact Details

Address: Office of the Dean, Student Affairs, 138 Leader Avenue, Lexington, KY 40506-9983


(859) 323-2076.

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