General

Accommodation Requests
All applicants and students should be familiar with KYCOM's technical standards. Students may submit requests for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to the associate dean for student affairs. Applicants with disabilities are expected to provide their requests for accommodations along with submission of their KYCOM secondary applications. Given that student health may change while enrolled, KYCOM students who develop limitations should consult with the associate dean for student affairs as soon as limitations are diagnosed. Student requests for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should be accompanied by documentation of the disability from an appropriate health care professional along with a waiver that allows KYCOM administration and the health care provider to discuss the requested accommodations. The student will be responsible for the cost of any diagnostic testing that is needed.

Students who wish to request accommodations for special learning needs or test-taking should meet with the associate dean for academic affairs no later than the first week of classes of the fall semester with the appropriate documentation. Determinations concerning accommodations for special learning needs or test taking conditions will be made by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs following guidelines established by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). Further, granting of testing accommodations by KYCOM does not guarantee that similar accommodations will be granted by professional testing organizations, e.g., the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring or the admission of students.

Required Notices
As an institution that receives federal student aid, these notices demonstrate the commitment of the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) to be fully compliant with federal regulations that apply.

The Clery Act is a federal statute requiring all colleges and universities participating in federal student aid programs to publish an annual security report that accurately discloses campus crime statistics and security information. This report is available to the campus community including current and prospective students, faculty, and staff. 

For UPIKE campus safety Information and reports, please open the links that follow.
The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a supportive learning environment and fostering safe, healthy relationships among our students. As such, the institution and members of our community will not tolerate the offenses of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. This program is intended to help you learn more about these issues, as you play an important role in keeping our campus safe.

Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Services at the University of Pikeville offers counseling and assistance to medical students regarding securing financial support to help meet the costs of medical education. Every student applying for financial aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the appropriate federal processor to assess aid eligibility. UPike complies with the federal requirement that all students who receive financial assistance from Title IV and Title VII funds must maintain satisfactory academic progress. For more information, contact Teresa Jones, UPike Associate Director of Student Financial Services, at TeresaJones@upike.edu or 606.218.5407.

Loans
Federal Direct Loans
The primary loan source for medical students is the Federal Direct loans through the U.S. Department of Education. The unsubsidized loan is a non-need based loan. Interest starts when the loan is disbursed and continues until the loan is paid in full. The student can choose to pay the interest or let it accrue. The maximum loan eligibility varies per academic year based on the number of months enrolled. The amounts range from $40,500 to $47,167. The total aggregate limit for subsidized and unsubsidized loans is $224,000. The Graduate Plus loan allows the student to borrow up to the cost of attendance (minus other financial aid received). Eligibility is based on the student’s credit rating. Students will be notified by the Department of Education of the loan approval or denial. https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action

Private Student Loans
A private student loan is not a federal student loan, but through a private bank or other lending institution. Students are encouraged to obtain Federal Direct Loans before applying for private loans. Students who wish to borrow a private loan may visit Fast Choice to learn more about the loan options that are available. The student is free to choose any lender. KYCOM does not rank or recommend any lender. https://choice.fastproducts.org/FastChoice/Welcome.do?configId=1358525446076

Scholarships
The most commonly awarded scholarships are service commitment scholarships and specific state scholarships that are based on residency status. The financial aid office maintains a list of  KYCOM Scholarship Opportunities. Please note that that if a student signs a service commitment scholarship while enrolled, he or she may not be able to participate in certain state or federal loan repayment programs after graduation. To be eligible to participate in most loan repayment programs, prior commitments must be fulfilled by service or repayment plan.

Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students: Contingent upon available funding the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) will be awarding funds from the Scholarship for Disadvantaged Students Program (SDS). This is a federal program designed to assist with the cost of tuition and other reasonable educational expenses. Students must be considered disadvantaged, either economically and/or educationally/environmentally. SDS awards will be applied to the fall and spring terms. SDS awards will cover at least one half of the annual tuition amount up to $30,000 per year. No financial aid awards may exceed the student’s cost of attendance at KYCOM. For more information, please read the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Information Sheet.

Please visit the KYCOM Scholarship Opportunities list for current scholarship opportunities.

Veteran's Educational Benefits
Students with eligibility for veteran's educational benefits by the state approving agency during enrollment at UP-KYCOM should submit any forms that need to be completed to the Financial Aid Office. U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Applications for VA Educational Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) or Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (VA Form 22-5490) forms should be mailed to:
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
P.O. Box 66830
St. Louis, MO 63166-6830

VA Forms (PDF) may be downloaded from the St. Louis Regional Processing Office Web site Be sure to download all pages as many of the forms have multiple pages.
For questions concerning eligibility for education benefits or education payments, contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in St. Louis at 888-442-4551, or by visiting the website: http://www.gibill.va.gov.
UP-KYCOM financial aid offers debt management counseling to students throughout their enrollment in medical school. Students have access at all time to their total student loan debt and projected monthly payments. Helpful debt management websites are listed below:

Planning for and Obtaining Loans
View Federal Loan History - nslds.ed.gov
Education Investment Planner - salliemae.com/plan 
FICO (credit) Score
Request your free credit scores from the three major credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) at: www.annualcreditreport.com

Financial Aid Calculators
Various loan and aid calculators can be found at this site: http://www.finaid.org/calculators

Income Based Repayment (IBR) 
Information about IBR and an IBR calculator 
Facts from the AAMC about IBR
IBR Q & A prepared by the U.S. Department of Education
Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
Learn about Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Application for Public Service Loan Forgiveness

Tax Benefits for Education (IRS Publication 970)
IRS Publication 970
 
KYCOM tuition for 2016-2017 is $42,975. Tuition is subject to change annually.

Tuition Refund
A request for a tuition fee refund requires written notification to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. This request must be received before the close of business during the week in which the refund is requested. A request for a tuition fee refund requires prior written notification of withdrawal from KYCOM. The tuition fee refund shall be prorated as follows:
  • 100 percent during the first week of the academic semester;
  • 75 percent during the second week of the academic semester;
  • 50 percent during the third week of the academic semester; and
  • 25 percent during the fourth week of the academic semester.
No course, clerkship, or rotation will be credited toward promotion, graduation, or subsequent credit if a student has not paid the required tuition and fees, including any additional tuition incurred by repeating any portion of the regular program. The Board of Trustees of the University of Pikeville reserves the right to change the schedule of tuition and fees, without advance notice, and to make such changes applicable to present as well as future students of KYCOM, and to establish additional fees or charges for special services whenever, in their opinion, such actions are deemed advisable. All inquiries concerning the above policies and all requests for refunds should be directed to the KYCOM associate dean for student affairs.
 
Associations

Student Governance
The KYCOM Student Government Association (SGA) is the official voice for all KYCOM students. The associate dean for student affairs advises the student government and serves as its administrative liaison. SGA is responsible for collecting and expressing student opinion; dispersing funds for student activities; acting as liaison for the student body; promoting osteopathic medicine; supporting club and classroom activities; and working to improve the quality of life for all KYCOM students.

KYCOM Students at AOA mtg.

KYCOM Clubs
KYCOM promotes an environment in which students balance curricular expectations and extracurricular activities with their personal responsibilities. The orientation program introduces entering students to the career-oriented student organizations and chapters that are officially recognized by KYCOM. Examples of these student organizations follow.

  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
  • American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI)
  • American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOOG)
  • American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP)
  • Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS)
  • Christian Medical Association (CMA)
  • Emergency Medicine Club (EM)
  • Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association (KOMA)
  • Orthopedic Surgery (PSOA)
  • Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP)
  • Sports Medicine Club (SM)
  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA)
  • Student Osteopathic Surgical Association (SOSA)
  • Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO)

All students are provided membership in the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA), the student branch of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Additionally, students are provided a membership in the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association (KOMA) and the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA). Students are provided these memberships as part of the “KYCOM Advantage.”

To learn more about student organizations and events throughout the year, please read the KYCOM Student Survival Guide.

Enrollment Requirements

Criminal Background Checks
KYCOM requires criminal background checks for all students prior to matriculating to KYCOM and prior to the beginning of third-year clinical rotations. Students will be responsible for the expenses involved with this evaluation. The mechanism for evaluation will be determined by the associate deans for student affairs and clinical sciences. Infractions may be referred to the promotion and matriculation committee.

  • Mandatory Self-Reporting for Criminal Behavior – All accepted and currently enrolled medical students are required to promptly (within 10 calendar days) report any criminal charges ever filed against them to the associate dean for student affairs. Criminal behavior includes any felony and misdemeanor violations of the law, but excludes minor traffic violations, such as parking tickets. Any charges that were previously disclosed on the AACOMAS application need not be reported again. Student violations of the law will be reviewed by the associate dean for student affairs in the context of future implications for licensure, threat to patient safety, and the ability to be an appropriate member of the osteopathic medical profession. Depending on the nature and severity of the criminal offense, student suspension or dismissal is possible. If warranted, the associate dean for student affairs may refer the matter to the promotion and matriculation committee.

Drug and Alcohol Testing
KYCOM requires a urine screen for drugs and alcohol immediately after matriculation with KYCOM and prior to the beginning of third-year clinical clerkships. Students are responsible for the expense involved with this evaluation. Positive findings will be reviewed by the associate dean for student affairs and/or the associate dean for clinical sciences. Further evaluation by external professional consultants may be required. A positive test result may become grounds for dismissal.

  • Drug Testing on Demand – Any student may be required to submit to drug and or alcohol testing based on reasonable suspicion.

Health Insurance
KYCOM students must maintain personal health insurance throughout their enrollment and present documentation of health insurance coverage to the KYCOM Office of Student Affairs prior to the start of each academic year. KYCOM students are responsible for the costs of their health insurance. In addition, students are solely responsible for their medical bills. The college assumes no responsibility to seek reductions or waivers with any health services received by students. Students must be free from any outstanding medical debts from the college’s affiliated hospitals or clinics prior to receiving a diploma.

Immunizations
KYCOM, in conjunction with requirements of all hospitals accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and/or Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), requires the following immunizations:

  • Annual TB skin test: Any positive result or history of positive results requires an annual chest radiography (x-ray).
  • Hepatitis B immunization series of three immunizations plus a titer measurement that indicates immunity is present.
  • Tetanus toxoid immunization (within 10 years of matriculation date).
  • Proof of Varicella and Rubella immunity (established by two reported dates of vaccination and documented antibody titer).
  • Annual influenza vaccination.
Technical Standards

Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine complies with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Pikeville and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities. In doing so, however, KYCOM must maintain curriculum requirements deemed essential to the education of an osteopathic 35 physician. Regarding disabled (or handicapped) individuals, KYCOM does not discriminate against such individuals who are otherwise qualified, but it does require applicants and students to meet certain minimum technical standards.

Students who, with reasonable assistance, can meet the technical standards to be successful in the KYCOM curriculum and to safely and competently practice osteopathic medicine are considered for admission. KYCOM recognizes that there are varying levels of disability and needs and is committed to supporting those with disabilities who, with reasonable assistance, can meet the technical standards. These standards identify reasonable expectations of osteopathic medical students and physicians in performing common functions.

A candidate for the D.O. degree must have multiple abilities and skills including: observation; communication; motor; conceptual; integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social attributes. Accommodations can be made for various handicaps, but a candidate must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner throughout their enrollment at KYCOM.

Observation
The candidate must be able to acquire a level of required information as represented through demonstrations and experiences in the basic sciences. This includes but is not limited to information conveyed through physiologic and pharmacological demonstrations in animals, as well as microbiologic cultures and microscopic images of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states. Furthermore, a candidate must be able to observe a patient accurately, at a distance and close at hand; acquire information from written documents; and see information presented in images on paper, film, slide, or video. Observing and acquiring information from these sources usually requires functional visual, auditory, and somatic sensation, enhanced by other sensory modalities. The use of a trained intermediary in such cases would compromise performance, as it would be mediated by another individual’s power of selection, observation, and experience.

Communication
The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently, and sensitively with patients and their families, and with all members of the health care team. A candidate must be able to interpret X-ray and other graphic images and digital or analog representations of physiologic phenomenon (such as EKGs). Assistive devices may be used if necessary.

Motor
Candidates and students should possess the motor skills necessary to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients and to directly perform palpation, percussion, auscultation and other diagnostic maneuvers, basic laboratory tests, and diagnostic procedures. Examples include cardiopulmonary resuscitation; administering intravenous medication; applying pressure to stop bleeding; opening of obstructed airways; suturing of simple wounds; and performing simple obstetrical maneuvers. Such actions require coordination of both gross and fine muscular movements; equilibrium; and functional use of the senses of touch and vision.

Sensory
Osteopathic candidates need exceptional sensory skills. It is therefore necessary to thoroughly evaluate individuals who are otherwise qualified but who have significant tactile sensory or proprioceptive disabilities. This would include individuals with significant previous burns, sensory motor deficits, cicatrix formation, and any malformations of the upper extremities.

Strength and Mobility
Osteopathic treatment often requires upright posture with sufficient lower extremity and body strength. Therefore, individuals with significant limitations in these areas would be unlikely to successfully complete the requirements for a D.O. degree. Mobility required for emergency codes and CPR is also required.

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities
The candidate must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize in a timely fashion. In addition, the candidate should be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structure.

Behavioral and Social Attributes
Candidates must possess the emotional health required to fully use their intellectual abilities, to responsibly attend to the diagnosis and care of a patient, and to develop mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients.

Candidates and students must be able to tolerate physically taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of patients.

Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation are all personal qualities that will be assessed during the admissions and educational processes.

Student Records

Verification of Education Requests
KYCOM's policy with respect to its student educational records adheres to the requirements and regulations of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

For any of the following services, KYCOM students should contact Mary Moore, KYCOM Director of Student Records, at MaryMoore@upike.edu or 606.218.5444.

  • Verification of Enrollment and Academic Standing
  • Name Changes
  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)  
How to Update Personal Information
Students must ensure that they always can receive communications from KYCOM. To this end, KYCOM students are responsible for ensuring that the KYCOM Office of Student Affairs always has their current mailing address, email address, and phone number(s) on file as well as their emergency contact information. Further, KYCOM students must maintain the active operation of their University student e-mail accounts so that they can always receive messages from KYCOM administration, faculty, and staff.

For your convenience, you may update your information using the online form provided. 

Official name changes cannot be made using the online form. Please see Mary Moore for more information regarding the name change process.

VIRTUAL TOUR

Virtual Tour
There has never been a better time to be a UPIKE Bear! APPLY NOW
UPike Tigers