The UK College of Medicine offers several different opportunities to explore the medical profession and to better understand our medical educational programs.

UK College of Medicine open houses

Consider which of the four University of Kentucky College of Medicine campuses (include link) will be best fit for you. Attend open houses and tours and speak with faculty and staff to help you consider your options. Please refer to the following pages for more information:


UK Medical Education Development Program

What is UKMED?

Now in its seventh year, University of Kentucky Minority Education Development program (UKMED) is an annual two-day recruitment program held in early August at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. The goal of UKMED is to attract premedical students from underrepresented populations to the college. Over a span of two days, participants have the unique opportunity to get a glimpse of life in medical school. They meet with current medical students, staff, faculty, and physicians and engage in a wide variety of activities.

  • Tours of the UK HealthCare facilities
  • Surgical and clinical workshops
  • Attend lectures by University of Kentucky College of Medicine faculty
  • Interact with staff of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Offices of Admissions, Student Affairs, and Financial Aid

UKMED helps students experience and learn about medical school first hand in preparation for application season.


The UKMED program targets:

  • Rising undergraduate junior & senior students
  • Students who have applied or will be applying to medical school within the next two years.
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0

Program Dates

The program dates for the 2018 UKMED program are still to be announced. 

Travel and Housing

Participants are responsible for arranging their travel. However, housing with a current medical student may be available upon request.

Application Process

Interested applicants can apply here via an online application - the link will be shared once the program dates have been anounced.  

Program History

UKMED was started in 2010 by Dr. Ima Ebong, a 2013 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. 

“The program is based on a similar program called FOCUS that I experienced as an undergraduate student at Georgia Institute of Technology,” said Ima. “The idea arose out of my desire to do something positive and make a difference. Partnering with students on programs such as this is so inspirational for me.”

For more information about UKMED, contact the Office of Admissions at 859-323-6161.