Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine


Pikeville College, of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) offers a 4-year program that results in the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Osteopathic physicians trained at Pikeville provide a full range of specialties and subspecialties services as practiced in tertiary hospitals; however, many DOs go into primary care in medically underserved areas.


First and second years: Teaching takes place mostly in the lecture hall and laboratory, covering the standard medical school disciplines, plus our special topics. Tuesday and Friday afternoons are spent in doctors’ offices, learning to take patient histories and carrying out physical examinations. During the summer of their second year, the students take 2 major full-time courses: medicine and surgery. These are intensive courses, which will prepare the student to interact fully at the bedside or in various settings during the final 2 years of their medical school education. Third and fourth years: Consist of clinical clerkships. The student will rotate and work in various disciplines including family practice, rural clinic, ER, general internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, and osteopathic practice. The student will spend from 1 to 4 months in each of these areas, depending on PCSOM’s requirements and the student’s interest. Most of the extensive clinical training will be completed in the Appalachian region. Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Numerous hospitals in Kentucky provide clinical facilities for training. Housing Students must secure their own housing but they will be assisted in their search for appropriate affordable housing.


To be considered for admission, students must have a baccalaureate degree, completed specific required science courses, take the MCAT, and apply through AACOMAS. PCSOM’s curriculum and coursework is very similar to other medical school programs. The school places special emphasis on the following 3 critical areas: manual medicine, community and behavior medicine, and ambulatory care.

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