University of Kentucky College of Medicine


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.

Unique Programs

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 is available.

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