In 1956 the University of Kentucky Medical Center
was established. The College of Medicine is one of the
programs offered at the University of Kentucky Medical Center campus in Lexington. The College of
Medicine is part of the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, which also contains schools of
Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Allied Health profession, as well as the University Hospital and
Ambulatory Care Center.
4-year semimodern. First and second years: Consist of
48 and 36 weeks, respectively, of scheduled class work
in the basic sciences. Each week has about 23 hours of
scheduled activities. Third year: Clerkship rotations
through the major clinical specialties and primary care
are required. Fourth year: Selection of specialty and
electives. One rotation is required in a surgery and medical active internship, one emergency medicine
rotation, one advanced clinical pharmacology and
anesthesiology course, one gerontology elective, a
dean’s colloquium, a selective in primary care or rural
medicine, and a selective rotation in a rural setting.
Minority admissions: The college has an active recruitment program and offers a summer prematriculation
program for accepted students. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD degree programs are
offered in the basic medical sciences. MD-MBA and
MD-MPH programs are also offered.
In addition to the basic premedical science courses, 1
year of English is required. Courses in mathematics and
in the psychological and social sciences are recommended. Preference is given to residents, but a small
number of nonresidents who have a clear interest in
pursuing their medical education in Kentucky are
accepted each year. Secondary applications are sent to
all Kentucky residents and to nonresidents having
attractive GPAs and MCAT scores (3.75 or higher and
at least 10 on each sub-test, respectively). Admission
decisions are made upon review of academic and
nonacademic criteria. The latter include interpersonal
skills, leadership abilities, and evidence of service to
others. Transfer and advanced standing: Transfer is
possible for selected students with compelling reasons
for transferring and strong Kentucky ties.
Grades are A, B, C, E (Failure), P (Pass), W (Withdrawal), U (Unsatisfactory), and I (Incomplete). A
student who is doing unsatisfactorily in 2 or more
classes in one academic year may be dropped. At regular intervals the Student Progress and Promotions
Committee for each class reviews the record of each
student and makes recommendations relative to promotion, adjustment of academic load, remediation, or
dismissal. Students must record passing scores on Step
1 of the USMLE for promotion to the third year and on
Step 2CK and Step 2CS for graduation.
Teaching: The college is part of the university’s Medical Center. Basic sciences are taught at the Medical
Science Building and the major clinical teaching site is
the 473-bed University of Kentucky Hospital. Other:
The Kentucky Clinic offers comprehensive outpatient
medical services. The Sander-Brown Research Center
on Aging is a national gerontology resource facility.
The Lucille Parker Markey Cancer Center includes a
patient care facility and the Combs Research Building.
Library: The Medical Center Library houses more than
160,000 volumes and 2000 periodicals.The newly constructed W.T. Young Library has more than one million
volumes in its collection. Housing: University housing