Dreams to Doctors: The Story of the UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus
If much of central Kentucky is known for its bluegrass and horse farms, Bowling Green is the home of the Corvette, featuring the National Corvette Museum and the GM Corvette Assembly Plant. Located in southern Kentucky between Louisville, KY., and Nashville, Tn., Bowling Green is a thriving city. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus opened its newly-constructed state-of-the-art facility in 2018 in a partnership with Western Kentucky University (WKU) and Med Center Health. The partnership makes it possible for medical students to access a full range of student services and activities at WKU while enjoying the same curriculum as the University of Kentucky’s medical campus in Lexington. Students take part in a combination of interactive learning and on-site classes, emphasizing collaborative interactions, individual attention, and early clinical experiences. The Bowling Green Campus offers a number of combined degree programs.
The UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus offers a collaborative approach to health care, while understanding the integral leadership role physicians play in influencing the care of their patients. 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 occur early with clinical rotations in the third and fourth year of the curriculum taking 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 have opportunities for original research and participation in extracurricular scholarly activities.
Located in the third largest city in Kentucky, the UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus offers students down-home appeal within a growing, diverse community. During your training, you will experience the same integration of basic and clinical sciences, interactive lectures and labs and research opportunities as students on the Lexington campus. Our partner medical facilities, The Medical Center at Bowling Green and The Medical Centers at Scottsville and Franklin, provide you with clinical care experience as well as outreach programs that are vital to the citizens of Kentucky. Students at the Bowling Green Campus have started multiple medical/career interest groups and have established an American Medical Association medical student chapter. You will have numerous opportunities to build the foundation for the student life that you would like to have. As a member of the Western Kentucky University family, home to nearly 18,000 undergrads and 3,000 graduate students, you enjoy access to WKU’s Preston Athletic Center, can take in a Division 1 sporting event, participate in student organizations, and attend lectures and cultural events. You are able to meet your classmates for a study session at one of three coffee shops located across the street from the medical school and can explore the area’s famous cave and cavern systems.
The Bowling Green Campus is a state-of-the-art 24,000 square foot facility that opened its doors in the fall of 2018. Free parking for students is available in the attached garage. The incredible student lounge runs along the front of the building allowing natural light into the space throughout the day. The lounge has a kitchen area, relaxation and meeting spaces as well as six flat screen televisions. The lounge is also home to a number of events where students, faculty and staff gather to celebrate important milestones during the academic year. Our medical campus features multiple classrooms and group study rooms along with a high-fidelity simulation area, computer lab and simulated patient exam rooms.
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus partners with Med Center Health's area hospitals and clinics to provide students with a variety of educational opportunities. These include:
- The Medical Center at Bowling Green, the flagship hospital of Med Center Health. A 337-bed acute care hospital, it offers the region’s most comprehensive services, including the only open-heart surgery program in the area and boasts an accredited chest pain center with PCI. It is certified as a primary stroke center, has a comprehensive cancer center, a surgical weight loss program, neuroscience services, and obstetrics and neonatology. Commonwealth Regional Specialty Hospital is located within The Medical Center at Bowling Green and offers continuing, long-term care for patients with complex medical conditions and chronic issues.
- The Medical Centers at Scottsville and Franklin, also part of Med Center Health, are critical access hospitals. As small, rural hospitals, they provide vital health care services to those who live in more remote areas.
Together, these facilities offer 387 acute care beds, 100 extended care beds, and provide patients access to more than 50 specialties.
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