- Student Lounge
- Student On-Call Rooms
- Medical Instruments
- White Coats and Scrubs
- University Health Service
- Academic and Personal Counseling
- Medical Student Support Program
- Student Leadership
- Volunteer and Community Service
- Humanities Program
- Residency Selection
- Study Areas
The primary Medical Student Lounge is provided for the use of all medical students. It is located off the MS hallway on the first floor of the Medical Science building, Room H152. The Lounge includes an eating area with tables, chairs, refrigerators, microwaves and a sink as well as a “living room” area furnished with sofas, chairs, big screen TV, and Game room. Three bathrooms, one with a shower, are available for students. Computers are provided for students to check e-mail or check on patients in the hospital; internet access and scanning/printing are available. Bulletin Boards for each class, plus specialty boards for student organization announcements, are located on various walls. Lockers for M1-M4 students are located in the lounge (please refrain from using adhesive stickers on the lockers). The lounge is always locked and must be accessed with your Med Center ID Badge. Med Students, Student Affairs personnel, and certain maintenance personnel are the only people with access to the lounge; any other individuals present in the lounge should be reported to Student Affairs, 323-5261.
Telephone numbers for the main Student Lounge are: 323-6467 and 323-6424.
Student On-Call Rooms
Four sleep rooms for M3-M4 students on-call are located in a suite near the main hospital elevators in H710. This suite of rooms also has a bathroom, a shower room, a telephone and a computer for student use. Linens are supplied and are to stay in the On-Call Suite. Dirty linen is taken out and fresh linens are stored in the closet in the hallway of the suite. Entry to the On-Call rooms is accessible to M3-M4 students with their Med Center ID badge. Please report any use of the rooms by anyone other than medical students to Student Affairs, 323-5261.
The Medical Student Government Association (MSGA) provides incoming students with information regarding the purchase of necessary medical instruments that will be used in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) course. Information about instrument needs will be provided during ICM and instrument sales will be organized at pertinent times. A stethoscope is the only instrument required during first year.
White Coats and Scrubs
During the White Coat Ceremony, held on the last day of first year orientation, every student receives a short white consultation coat provided by the UK Medical Alumni Association. The short white coat is worn when students see patients.
A long white lab coat may be worn when M1 students are in the gross anatomy laboratory first year and when M2 students take pathology autopsy second year. The lab coat is worn over a student’s clothes or over scrubs, which can be purchased at a number of local stores. Scrubs are the dress of choice for anatomy. M1 students need to have at least two sets of comfortable, washable scrubs or a set of old clothes you will never use again after anatomy!
Appropriate hospital scrubs for specific rotations are made accessible through each individual clerkship. Scrub machines for each department are maintained through the education coordinator for the clerkships, and that person must give students information needed to obtain the needed scrubs for their rotation. Students should exchange worn sets of scrubs frequently for fresh ones and all sets must be returned to the uniform service when the clerkships are completed or there will be a charge for the loss of the scrubs.
University Health Service
University Health Service is located at 830 South Limestone Street, directly south of the Kentucky Clinic and in front of the Wethington Building. The facility houses Primary Care, Gynecology, Behavioral Health Clinic (Mental Health) and Health Education programs.
Student Health fees cover the cost of basic outpatient services at the clinic during the academic year. Complete information about services offered may be found at:
The University Health Service operates on an appointment basis.
Health Service Information: 323-5823
Appointments (General Medicine) 323-2778
University Health Service is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the fall & spring semesters. Please note that appointment registration and check-in begin at 8:45 a.m. on Thursdays.
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (fall and spring semesters only, when school is in session. There are no Saturday hours during the summer).
Saturday hours are for urgent medical issues and follow-up visits from previous appointments. All Saturday visits are on a walk-in basis. Appointment phone lines are not open on Saturday.
Academic & Personal Counseling
The Director of Student Services provides academic support services, including study skills and time management strategies. Students who experience personal problems are encouraged to talk with the Dean for Student Affairs or the Director of Student Services. Help will be provided on an individual basis. Student Affairs can also put students in touch with appropriate additional university and community resources. Resources include the University Health Service, UK Counseling Center, and the MS3 program in the Department of Psychiatry.
Medical Student Support Program
A program sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry and the College of Medicine Dean’s Office offers a mental health program for all medical students. Contact the Medical Student Support Program by phone 859-218-5862. Please identify yourself as a medical student.
The Medical Student Support Program staff includes faculty and residents of the Department of Psychiatry. The Deans for Student Affairs or the Director of Student Services will assist any student seeking information about the program. Students may also contact the program directly. Strict confidentiality will be observed. Psychiatry faculty and residents who treat students will never evaluate them on clinical rotations. If a medical student perceives there may be a conflict, he or she should report it immediately to the Program Director or the Deans for Student Affairs.
There are many student leadership opportunities in the College of Medicine. Student leaders not only contribute to the quality of the medical school environment, but also gain valuable experience that will help prepare them for leadership roles as physicians in their communities.
Each class elects officers who represent the class in academic matters, plan class activities, and organize special events for the class and the entire student body. There are also more than thirty medical student organizations that require leadership. Most student officers are elected in the spring of the year. However, some leadership positions are held for first year students and are elected in the first semester. The officers of the M1 class are elected in the fall. There are four positions for first year students in the Medical Student Government Association (MSGA): the secretary of MSGA and three class representatives are elected by the first year class in the fall. Representatives for the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) and the Professional Code Committee are elected at the beginning of second semester during the M1 year. Programs emphasizing Leadership skills are offered through numerous venues.
Volunteer and Community Service
Students have many opportunities to continue or become involved in service programs. Each class has a community service chair that coordinates volunteer involvement for members of their class. All students are encouraged to participate in the operation of the Salvation Army Student-Run Clinic. Students have been involved with many service projects including Health Fairs, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, Chrysalis House, and education programs at local schools.
The Humanities Advisory Committee brings the cultural arts to the College of Medicine and the Medical Center. The committee’s goal is to create an environment where humanistic and cultural sensitivities improve the atmosphere and refresh the spirit. Activities such as student-faculty musicals and theatrical performances, poetry reading, and other literary pursuits are offered. Students are encouraged to participate by sharing their talents or by enjoying others performances.
In April of the third year of medical school, most students begin the year-long process of selecting a residency program using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Through the first half of fourth year, residency applications are submitted, interviews are conducted, match lists are submitted and residency matches are finally announced in mid-March of the fourth year. Services that are provided to students as they choose their specialty and apply to residency programs include advice from faculty, mentors, and the Dean for Student Affairs, as well as programs such as the AAMC Careers in Medicine, Brown-Bag Specialties Seminars, opportunities to join medical specialty clubs, and Match Works.
Students may take advantage of a number of different study areas. These include any of the UK Libraries. Within the Medical Center, various rooms can be utilized for individual study as well as study groups. Additionally, there are study areas designated for use by College of Medicine students only. For a complete listing of study areas, current students may contact Ashlee Crump in the Student Affairs Office