Dean'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.

With our academic and clinical operations working together synergistically, we are on the verge of pushing the College of Medicine from very good to great. We welcome you to UK College of Medicine and hope you will consider being a part of our family.

Frederick C. de Beer, M.D.
Dean, College of Medicine
Vice President for Clinical Academic Affairs
Professor of Internal Medicine
University of Kentucky