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KYCOM ranked among top schools in rural medicine

April 08, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) has earned high marks in rural medicine ranking 11th among all medical schools in the nation, both D.O. and M.D., in the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of best medical schools for 2017. KYCOM was the highest ranked D.O. medical school in rural medicine.

KYCOM also ranked 15th in family medicine and fourth in the percentage of graduates who enter primary care residencies. Several osteopathic medical schools were among the top-ranked medical schools in primary care and geriatrics.

“We’re very pleased to once again be ranked so highly in areas relevant to our mission,” said Boyd R. Buser, D.O., dean of KYCOM and vice president for health affairs at the University of Pikeville.

KYCOM is third among the 10 most affordable private medical schools in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Short List,” a regular series that provides information for prospective students and parents. According to U.S. News data, medical students at private medical schools spent an average of $52,500 annually in tuition and fees. Tuition and fees for students attending one of the 10 most affordable private medical schools averaged $42,900 annually. KYCOM’s tuition was lower at $41,320, following Baylor College of Medicine and Lake Erie College Osteopathic Medicine.

Medicine in the Mountains … Keeping the Promise: Since its inception in 1997, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine has played an important role in preparing physicians to serve the healthcare needs of underserved populations in Kentucky and other Appalachian regions. Of the approximately 1,000 graduates since the first class of physicians in 2001, nearly 70 percent of these physicians are serving in primary care.

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