At a Glance

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.  

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. 

Facts about the University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Admission to the UK College of Medicine continues to be competitive with more than 2,500 applicants from across the Commonwealth and nation applying annually for 136 spots in each class.  

UK recruits high-caliber students from across the Commonwealth, nation and world. 

College Grade Point Average
Total GPA3.69
Verbal Reasoning10.4
Physical Science10.6
Biological Science10.9
Statistics taken from Class of 2018 (As of August 4, 2014) 


  • Approximately 76 percent of all medical students receive some form of financial aid and 47 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 2014, UK medical students matched into 22 different specialties for residency. Twenty-one percent elected to stay within the UK HealthCare system, and an additional four 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 9,600 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.
  • 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 as part of the Western Kentucky Initiative.  

College Learners, Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff 3Learners

Basic Science Faculty208Medical Students1509
Clinical Science Faculty670Graduate Students2197
Part-time Faculty 180Housestaff (Interns/Residents/Fellows)3685
Community-based Faculty881  
1As of start of 2014-2015 academic year.
2As of 2014 fall semester. Includes students pursuing M.S. and Ph.D.
3As of June 30, 2014.


  • Grants and contracts in the College of Medicine reached $129.2 million in fiscal year 2016, (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016) including in excess of $66 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.
  • In federal fiscal year 2015, (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015) UK received 64 percent of the NIH research funding granted to Kentucky medical schools. 
  • The College of Medicine accounts for more than 40 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.

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

UK HealthCare offers:

  • A team of more than 9,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists and health care workers all dedicated to patient health;
  • More than 80 plus specialty programs and services;
  • More than 143 outreach clinics and programs throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky; and
  • Highly acclaimed centers, including the Center for Advanced Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center and Transplant Center.
  • In 2013, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center is designated as the 68th National Cancer Institute cancer center in the country.  
  • UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital was 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. And, UK Chandler Hospital was listed as high-performing” in 10 specialty areas.  
  • In May 2011, UK opened the new 1.2 million-square-foot Pavilion A at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital.
  • 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.


The University of Kentucky is accredited by the Southern Association  of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACCOC). 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
  • Graduate Center for Toxicology
  • Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
  • Physiology


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


  • Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes and Obesity Center
  • Center for the Advancement of Women’s Health
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Center for Excellence in Rural Health
  • Center for Microelectrode Technology
  • Center for Muscle Biology
  • Center for Structural Biology
  • Center on Drug and Alcohol Research
  • Dr. Sibu and Becky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center
  • Gamma Knife Center
  • Kentucky Ambulatory Network
  • Kentucky Neurosciences Institute
  • Linda and Jack Gill Heart Institute
  • Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center
  • Morris K. Udall Parkinson’s Disease Research Center of Excellence
  • Sanders-Brown Center on Aging/Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center
  • Transplant Center