This blog lists the medical schools in Kentucky including their course requirements and admission statistics. It also outlines some features of the state which you should consider if you are applying to a medical school in Kentucky.

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University of Kentucky College of Medicine University of Louisville School of Medicine University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kentucky has large suburban, exurban and rural populations, making it an ideal state to study in if you are interested in learning more about rural medicine. Kentucky also has a rich cultural history encompassing various musical and sports traditions, which will add interest to your time spent studying there.

Medical Schools in Kentucky:

University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Founded in 1960, the University of Kentucky (UK ) is unique in that it has all six health science colleges (medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, and health sciences) on the same campus. UK's mission is to "promote 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." Each year, roughly 2700 applicants compete for 165 available seats. Successful applicants possess the following desirable attributes:

  • Professionalism 
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills:
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:
  • Systems-Based Practice
  • Patient Care
  • Medical Knowledge

Other preferred characteristics:

  • Commitment to the State
  • Commitment to Underserved Populations
  • Diversity focussed

Location: Lexington, KY

University of Louisville School of Medicine

The University of Louisville School of Medicine's mission is to "be a vital component in the University of Louisville's quest to become a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university. To excel in the education of physicians and scientists for careers in teaching, research, patient care, and community service, and to bring the fundamental discoveries of our basic and clinical scientists to the bedside." The University of Louisville School of Medicine seeks to admit well-rounded students with broad and diverse experiences. The school prioritizes Kentucky residents with a minimum of 120 out of 165 available spots being reserved for residents.

Location: Louisville, KY

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1997, the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) admits roughly 135 students each year into it's DO program, with preference given to students from Kentucky, the Appalachian region and other medically underserved areas. KYCOM selects applicants based on academic potential, character, personal maturity, commitment and suitbility for the profession. KYCOM aims to level the financial playing field by providing an OPP table, white coat and scrub suit, diagnostic equipment (stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, etc.), an iPad Pro and all required textbooks. Membership fees and first attempt exam fees are also covered. KYCOM's mission is to "provide men and women with an osteopathic medical education that emphasizes primary care, encourages research, promotes lifelong scholarly activity, and produces graduates who are committed to serving the health care needs of communities in rural Kentucky, and other underserved Appalachian regions."

Location: Pikeville, KT

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