Our Mission

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine promotes a diverse and inclusive environment that provides excellence in education, access to high-quality health care, and transformative research to improve the health and wellness of Kentuckians and beyond. The College of Medicine has four campuses located throughout the commonwealth offering MD programs, combined degree programs,  and a rural physician leadership program respectively.

Why the UK College of Medicine

At the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, our faculty and staff care about each one of our students. This goes beyond the mere words in our mission statement. We believe one-on-one interaction and coaching will ultimately produce graduates who are prepared for the advancements in medicine, whether that be in clinical practice, teaching future generations of doctors, or conducting research to change the landscape of medical care. We are improving the health and wellness for the Commonwealth and beyond.

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basic science departments named in top 15
(2020, Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research)
of graduates matched to UK HealthCare
(Class of 2022)
Triple-Board Residency Programs in the Nation
Residents can train in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Pediatrics.

We take pride in educating future physicians and scientists.

Here are just a few of the unique aspects of our College of Medicine.

  • The Class of 2022 matched into 66 different institutions and 19 different specialties. Approximately 37 percent chose to pursue a residency in Kentucky, and 34 percent of total matches were to UK HealthCare, the clinical enterprise of the UK College of Medicine. 43 percent of the class matched into a primary care specialty.
  • The UK College of Medicine received the 2021 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
  • The UK College of Medicine has adopted a pass/fail grading system for all courses offered in the MD program beginning August 2018.
  • The UK College of Medicine is one of nine triple-board residency programs in the nation where residents can train in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Pediatrics.
  • 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.
  • For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital remains the No. 1 hospital in Kentucky, according to U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings. Additionally, for the fifth straight year, the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center has earned a top 50 national ranking for cancer care in the 2021-22 Best Hospitals rankings.

Additional Facts and Statistics

  • The 2019 Best Doctors in America® included more than 155 of our physicians.
  • During fiscal year 2021, the college received $232.7 million in total research funding.
  • According to Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research in 2020, three UK College of Medicine basic science departments were named in the top 15: pharmacology (No. 1), physiology (No. 11), and biochemistry (No. 14). Notably, the department of family and community medicine, a clinical department, reached the top 25 for the first time in its history, earning enough research funding to hit No. 22.
  • In 2021, the NIH awarded UK’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science $23.5 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.
  • UK developed the nation's first and consistently top-ranked department of behavioral science, which assists in developing student interests in patient-centered care, public health and patient assessment.

Learn More About our Programs and Campuses

Lexington Campus

Located at the University of Kentucky in Lexington


Bowling Green Campus

Located in Bowling Green, Ky. in partnership with WKU and Med Center Health



Located in Morehead, Ky., our Rural Physician Leadership Program in partnership with St. Claire HealthCare

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Northern Kentucky Campus

Located in Highland Heights, Ky., in partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare and Northern Kentucky University

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Combined Degree Programs

For more information about the combined degree programs available, select a program from the list below:


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