About the College

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.

The UK College of Medicine, 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 small-group tutorials, standardized patients, computer-assisted instruction, clinical training models, and interactive lectures and laboratory exercises.

UK is one of 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.

The College of Medicine promotes a diverse and inclusive environment that provides excellence in education, equitable health care, and transformative research to improve the health and wellness of Kentuckians and beyond.

The UK College of Medicine is a national leader in solving the challenges in health care through transdisciplinary and transformational research, education, and advanced clinical care.  


  • Diversity - We welcome and embrace diversity as a quality improvement strategy that will positively impact all functional areas of the college.
  • Innovation - We will use creative initiatives to produce tangible outcomes in college processes and actions resulting in a critical mass of students, faculty, and executives.
  • Respect - We will encourage personal and group differences and use them to provide optimal solutions to health care disparities and to foster social justice in the educational and work environments.
  • Compassion - We will practice self-reflection and be empathetic to the thoughts, needs, and feelings of others.
  • Teamwork - We will foster a climate of partnership and collaboration to create positive outcomes for all those engaged in teaching and learning.


Admission to the UK College of Medicine continues to be competitive. There were 2,431 applicants from across the Commonwealth and nation applying for 203 seats in the Class of 2023.


Approximately 69 percent of all medical students receive some form of financial aid and 38 percent benefit from scholarship awards.

Residency Match Results

The Class of 2021 matched into 57 different institutions and 18 different specialties. Approximately 42 percent chose to pursue a residency in Kentucky, and 39 percent of total matches were to UK HealthCare, the clinical enterprise of the UK College of Medicine.

The college has one of nine triple-board residency programs in the nation where residents can train in adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and pediatrics.

Campus Expansion

The UK College of Medicine has a special focus to train more physicians in Kentucky, for Kentucky. Since 2018, the college has opened two new regional campuses, its Bowling Green Campus through a partnership with Med Center Health and Western Kentucky University, and its Northern Kentucky Campus, a partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Northern Kentucky University. Our curriculum, which emphasizes early clinical experiences and the collaboration between clinical and basic science departments, is used across all of our campuses.  


  • The UK College of Medicine was awarded more than $232 million in grants during fiscal year 2021, and since 2017, it has doubled its National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
  • The College of Medicine accounts for more than 64 percent of UK’s NIH funding.
  • The college has 276,555 square feet of research space.

Clinical Service and UK HealthCare
UK HealthCare – the clinical enterprise of the University of Kentucky – encompasses UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Markey Cancer Center, Gill Heart Institute, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Kentucky Clinic, and the clinical activities of all six health sciences colleges. For more information about UK HealthCare, visit ukhealthcare.uky.edu.

UK HealthCare offers:

  • The UK HealthCare enterprise represents the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky. But it is so much more. It is 9,000 people – physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals – all dedicated to providing the most advanced, most effective care available, not just in Kentucky but anywhere.  
  • UK HealthCare has over 80 specialized clinics, and more than 140 outreach programs throughout central and eastern Kentucky.
  • The UK Chandler Hospital remains the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky, according to U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings. 
  • In addition, four major health care areas have achieved top 50 national rankings, three of them for the first time. Rankings included: No. 50 in Cancer, No. 44 in Neurology and Neurosurgery, No. 43 in Geriatrics, and No. 37 in Diabetes and Endocrinology.