Why the UK College of Medicine?

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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 take pride in educating future physicians and scientists, but don’t take our word for it. Here are just a few of the unique aspects of our College of Medicine.

  • The Class of 2021 matched into 57 different institutions and 18 different specialties. Approximately 42 percent chose to pursue a residency in Kentucky, and 39 percent of the total matches were to UK HealthCare, the clinical enterprise of the UK College of Medicine. Forty-nine percent of the class matched into a primary care specialty, defined as internal medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine-pediatrics and family medicine.
  • 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.
  • 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 ccience, which assists in developing student interests in patient-centered care, public health and patient assessment.

Learn more about the medical degree options at the UK College of Medicine. Click here or select a campus location below.


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