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 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 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 University of Kentucky 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 with 2,695 applicants from across the Commonwealth and nation applying for 166 seats in the 2018 entering class. 


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

Residency Match Results

In 2018, UK medical students matched into 22 different specialties for residency. Forty-three percent of the class will complete residency training in primary care as defined by internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics, and family medicine. Twenty-seven percent elected to stay within the UK HealthCare system, and another three percent remained in Kentucky for other residency programs.

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. On June 6, 2017, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus. This four-year, regional medical school campus is the first of its kind in Kentucky and is a partnership between Med Center Health, the University of Kentucky, and Western Kentucky University.  

Our curriculum emphasizes early clinical experiences and the collaboration between clinical and basic science departments. The same nationally recognized curriculum will be used at our regional campuses in Bowling Green and planned campus in Northern Kentucky, which open in 2018 and 2019 respectively.


  • Federal grants in the College of Medicine reached $89.1 million in fiscal year 2017, (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) including in excess of $73.9 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
  • In federal fiscal year 2017, (October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017) UK received 62 percent of the NIH research funding granted to Kentucky medical schools.
  • The College of Medicine accounts for more than 64 percent of UK’s NIH funding.
  • Currently, the college has 260,276 square feet of research space. The new 300,000 square foot research building set to open in 2018 will more than double the research space currently available to the college.

Clinical Service and UK HealthCare
UK HealthCare – the clinical enterprise of the University of Kentucky – encompasses UK Chandler Hospital, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, UK Good Samaritan Hospital, Markey Cancer Center, Gill Heart Institute, Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, Kentucky Clinics, 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 University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital remains the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky, according to U.S. News & 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: #50 in Cancer, #44 in Neurology and Neurosurgery, #43 in Geriatrics, and #37 in Diabetes and Endocrinology. 

The University of Kentucky is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The College of Medicine’s program leading to the MD degree is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). The LCME, jointly sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Medical Association, is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting agency for medical education programs leading to the MD degree


Basic Science:

  • Behavioral Science                                                                                                          
  • Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
  • Physiology
  • Toxicology and Cancer Biology


  • Anesthesiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family and Community Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
  • Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiation Medicine
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Urology


  • Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center
  • Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences
  • Center for Cancer and Metabolism
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
  • Center of Excellence in Rural Health
  • Center for Health Services Research
  • Center for Microelectrode Technology
  • Center for Molecular Medicine
  • Center for Muscle Biology
  • Center for Structural Biology
  • Center on Trauma and Children
  • Dr. Sibu and Becky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center
  • Kentucky Ambulatory Network
  • Kentucky Neuroscience Institute
  • Kentucky TeleCare
  • Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute
  • Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center
  • Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
  • Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center
  • Transplant Center

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