As the flagship higher education institution for the Commonwealth, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine is dedicated to providing high-quality medical education across the state. One of the most critical health needs confronting Kentucky is the shortage of physicians, particularly primary care doctors serving in community settings. To address that need, the UK College of Medicine is establishing a four-year regional campus in Bowling Green in partnership with Western Kentucky University and The Medical Center at Bowling Green.
Located just off Interstate 65, Bowling Green is a major hub of southcentral Kentucky for industry, education, health care and culture. As the home of General Motors, Duncan Hines and Fruit of the Loom, the town has experienced tremendous growth in population over the recent years and boasts a thriving economy.
The flagship hospital of Commonwealth Health Corporation (CHC), The Medical Center is a 337-bed, acute care hospital that offers the region’s most comprehensive services. With over 300 physicians on staff, The Medical Center is able to provide patients access to more than 50 specialties, including:
- neuroscience services,
- primary stroke center,
- cancer treatment center,
- obstetrics and neonatology,
- behavioral health services,
- surgical weight loss program, and
- da Vinci robotic surgery.
The Medical Center also offers a full-range of heart services including an accredited chest pain center with PCI and the region’s only open heart surgery program.
In addition to the Bowling Green location, CHC also operates The Medical Centers at Scottsville and Franklin and a long-term, acute care hospital, Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital. The combined hospitals offer 387 acute care beds and 110 extended care beds. CHC is the largest employer in Warren County with more than 3,000 employees.
The UK College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus has received LCME approval and will accept 30 students a year starting in late Summer 2018. Training at this regional campus will complement that in Central Kentucky at the Lexington campus as well as the Rural Physician Leadership Program based in Morehead.
We believe in a collaborative approach to health care, while understanding the integral leadership role physicians play in influencing the care of the patient. It is the desire that graduates of the Bowling Green Campus will combine strong clinical skills with a commitment to team-based care. Hospital and outpatient clinical involvement will occur early and all clinical rotations through the third and fourth years of training can take place in Bowling Green. Much of this clinical experience will involve direct physician to medical student daily interaction. Because of the strong UK research ties, students should also expect opportunities for original research and participation in extracurricular scholarly activity.
The joint partnership with Western Kentucky University provides access to a full-range of student services and activities. As an enrolled medical student at UK College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus, students will be automatically enrolled as graduate students at WKU. They will have the opportunity to achieve an additional combined degree as a Master of Public Health or Master of Business Administration. There are other certificate programs available for the right individuals in Financial Planning, Organizational leadership, Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as others.
An Early Assurance Program has been established for those college aged students who have completed at least 60 credit hours applicable to a degree, either earned or in progress, including: two semesters of major coursework in biological sciences, with laboratories; three semesters of major coursework in chemistry, including organic chemistry, with laboratories; and two semesters of college English and/or communications. A minimum GPA of 3.6 in both science coursework and an overall GPA of 3.5 is required as well as an ACT composite score of 28 or higher. Currently, this program is available to students of Western Kentucky University (and the Gatton Academy), Murray State University, Kentucky Wesleyan University, Lindsey Wilson College and Campbellsville University.