Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM). At KYCOM, our mission is clear. We focus on producing the highest quality osteopathic physicians, to practice primary care in the rural and underserved areas of Kentucky and Appalachia. While this does not mean that all of our graduates will enter primary care specialties, it does mean that our curriculum is designed to emphasize primary care education. It means that we will teach you how to take care of patients. That is what the osteopathic profession has always done best, and we take great pride in our osteopathic heritage. Our graduates are well prepared to provide the highest quality of care to their patients and the communities in which they serve.

Our dedicated faculty brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the classroom. An open door policy and small class size builds relationships, provides the encouragement and support students need to succeed, and models the osteopathic philosophy of caring for the whole person.

At KYCOM, we care about students. We want to make sure that our students will not have to make financially driven decisions about what type of diagnostic equipment to buy, which required books they can or cannot afford, or what sort of computer to choose. We provide all these things – and more – so the emphasis is on learning. Our students also have a strong history of community service, of which we are very supportive.

We are proud of the success we have demonstrated in producing the highest quality osteopathic physicians, many of whom have returned to practice in Kentucky and Appalachia, helping us to keep the promise made by our founders to the people and communities of our region. Our success has not gone unnoticed. KYCOM has earned high marks in rural medicine ranking 12th among all medical schools in the nation, both D.O. and M.D., in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Rising in the rankings, KYCOM also moved from its fifth-place standing to second in the percentage of graduates who enter primary care. Just last year, a U.S. News & World Report publication ranked KYCOM fourth in affordability among the 10 least expensive private medical schools in the nation. It is gratifying to be recognized and ranked by our peers for excellence in rural medicine and our contribution to alleviation of the shortage of primary care physicians in rural areas.

Thank you for your interest in the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. As you explore your options for medical education, I hope you will find that our school is right for you. We look forward to meeting you!

Boyd R. Buser, D.O., FACOFP
Vice President for Health Affairs and
Dean of KYCOM

Dean Buser at White Coat CeremonyDean's Biography

Boyd R. Buser
Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of KYCOM
Office: Coal 602
Telephone: 606.218.5411
E-mail: BoydBuser@upike.edu

A native of Iowa, Dr. Buser received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. After earning his osteopathic medical degree from the Des Moines (Iowa) University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981, he went on to complete an osteopathic internship at the former Cranston General Hospital in Cranston, R.I. He is board certified in family practice as well as osteopathic manipulative medicine.

As past-president of the American Academy of Osteopathy, the New England Academy of Osteopathy, the Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA), and former chairman of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Dr. Buser maintains a leadership role within the osteopathic medical profession. A member of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Board of Trustees since 2004, he serves the AOA in a number of other capacities, including chairman of the Bureau of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Development and chairman of the Department of Professional Affairs. A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, in 2007 Dr. Buser was elected to the Current Procedural Terminology editorial panel by the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. He is the first D.O. to be elected to the panel. He is a current member of the Kentucky Institute of Medicine and the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.

Dr. Buser has been active in the osteopathic profession internationally as well. He has taught extensively around the world over the past 15 years. He has represented the American osteopathic profession in a number of World Health Organization (WHO) initiatives, including the WHO Congress on Traditional Medicine, held in Beijing, China, in 2008. He is also an officer of the Board of Directors of the Osteopathic International Alliance.

Since earning his D.O. degree, Dr. Buser has received many awards for outstanding achievements within the osteopathic medical community. In 2010, Dr. Buser received the prestigious A.T. Still Medallion of Honor from the American Academy of Osteopathy.  In 1994, the AOA, along with the American Osteopathic Foundation, named him the osteopathic profession’s Educator of the Year. The Maine Osteopathic Association presented him with the Roswell Bates Award in 1994 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and 2007.

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