KYCOM Mission and Goals

Mission Statement
The mission of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) is to provide men and women with an osteopathic medical education that emphasizes primary care, encourages research, promotes lifelong scholarly activity, and  produces graduates who are committed to serving the health care needs of communities in rural Kentucky and other Appalachian regions.

Goals and Objectives
Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) educates its students to become competent and compassionate osteopathic physicians. Given KYCOM’s mission, its emphasis is on developing primary care physicians for underserved and rural communities. The following goals and objectives guide attainment of the KYCOM mission:
  1. To recruit and graduate osteopathic medical students who are dedicated to alleviating the shortage of medical services in rural and underserved areas of Kentucky, Appalachia and the nation.
    1. Recruit students from Kentucky, Appalachia, the neighboring region, and other rural and underserved areas.
    2. Recruit students with a strong desire to practice patient-centered medical care in medically underserved communities.
  2. To offer a curriculum that integrates a strong foundation of medical knowledge with the professional, cultural and ethical traits desired in its students and graduates.
  3. To educate osteopathic medical students in the art and science of osteopathic medicine using the most current research in clinical and basic science.
    1. Provide opportunities for research and scholarly activity for students and faculty.
    2. Advance medical knowledge and the quality of health care through educational, scientific, and clinical research.
  4. To provide a curriculum that promotes and measures student competencies to enhance the development of future osteopathic physicians who are competent practitioners of patient-centered, quality medical care.
    1. Prepare students to pass the COMLEX-USA board exams.
    2. Incorporate clinical teaching throughout the four-year curriculum.
    3. Promote the acquisition of the core competencies during student clinical rotations.
    4. Develop and maintain clinical education sites in rural and underserved Kentucky and Appalachian areas that promote providing rural primary care within our region.
  5. To prepare physicians committed to improving access to quality, competent, and patient-centered medical care for all, with an emphasis on developing primary care physicians for underserved and rural communities.
  6. To support the Appalachian Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Consortium (A-OPTIC) in the development of postgraduate educational opportunities that advance the training of our students, residents, and faculty.
  7. To prepare KYCOM students to enter and succeed in postgraduate training programs.
  8. To cultivate an appreciation of lifelong learning in KYCOM students and graduates through the development of scholarly inquiry skills.
Our History

"PCSOM is proudly commited to providing the Appalachian region with highly trained, competent, confident, and patient-friendly primary care osteopathic physicians." -John A. Strosnider, D.O. Founding Dean 

Effective on July 1,2011, the name of Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM) changed to the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM).

A group of influential businessmen and public officials began to investigate the possibility of establishing a medical school in Eastern Kentucky in the early 1990s. The supporters believed that the creation of an osteopathic medical school would be the best way to help alleviate the shortage of primary care physicians in rural Eastern Kentucky. Support of the development of an osteopathic medical school for this region arose from the fact that osteopathic physicians tend to stay in rural areas and in family practice. KYCOM enrolled its first students in 1997. 

Commitment to Rural Medicine
KYCOM offers a four-year program toward attainment of the degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.). The school's purpose is to educate future primary care physicians to practice in rural Kentucky and other underserved areas. KYCOM opened in 1997 with an entering class of 60 students, and then grew to a class size of 75 students in 2008. The Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) granted approval to KYCOM to increase the size of its entering class to 135 students beginning with the Class of 2016 that entered July 30, 2012, with the opening of the Coal Building.

KYCOM continues to receive national recognition for its commitment to educating osteopathic physicians who practice in rural areas that are medically underserved, particularly within Kentucky.
What is a DO?

Both osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) and allopathic physicians (M.D.s) are trained as complete physicians, which means that both types of physicians are fully trained and licensed to practice medicine, perform surgery, and prescribe medications in the U.S. Osteopathic medicine practices a whole person approach to health care. Instead of just treating specific symptoms, osteopathic physicians focus on the patient as a whole.

Training for osteopathic physicians includes an additional focus that centers on treating the body by improving its natural functions through osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). Through the manual manipulation of bones and soft tissue, OMT aims to restore the body’s structural integrity so it can function in a natural and healthy way. Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) have full practice rights in all 50 states and in many foreign countries. Osteopathic physicians, can and do, provide a full range of specialty and subspecialty medical services, and practice in many of the nation’s most prestigious hospitals. Moreover, many D.O.s practice primary care in medically underserved areas. While D.O.s make up only seven percent of the physicians nationally, they see over 18 percent of U.S. patients.

Contact Information

Administrative offices are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. KYCOM observes the customary holidays. Visitors are strongly encouraged to make appointments before visiting the campus to ensure that the person they need to see is available. KYCOM’s address is:

University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
147 Sycamore Street Pikeville, KY 41501

KYCOM admissions, financial aid, and student records are housed within the Office of Student Affairs. The Office of Student Affairs is staffed from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m, including during the lunch hour. The fax number for the Office of Student Affairs is 606.218.5405. Contact information is as follows:

Office of Student Affairs

KYCOM Office of Student Affairs Contacts
Associate Dean for Student Affairs Linda J. Dunatov, Ed.D. 606.218.5408
Assistant to the Associate Dean     606.218.5400
Director of Admissions & Recruitment Ronnie Collins 606.218.5409
Assistant Director of Admissions Joel Vanhoose 606.218.5406
Director of Student Records Mary Moore 606.218.5444
Director of Educational Support     606.218.5403

Vice President and Dean:   606.218.5410
Academic Affairs:    606.218.5488
Basic Sciences:       606.218.5421
Clinical Affairs:    606.218.5418
Osteopathic Medical Education:   606.218.5419
Community Clinic:   606.218.5398

For a full list of our faculty: KYCOM Faculty
For a full list of our staff: KYCOM Staff
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Office of Admissions phone number?
The phone number is 606.218.5406 and 606.218.5409

What is the Office of Admissions fax number?
The fax number is 606.218.5405.

What is the average MCAT score?
The average MCAT score for recent entering classes was 25 (previous version); 500 (MCAT 2015).

What is the average GPA of KYCOM applicants?
The average science GPA was 3.4 and the average cumulative GPA was 3.5 for the recent entering classes.

How can I find out about housing for KYCOM students?
There are various resources available to the incoming class to assist in finding housing in and around Pikeville that may be obtained from KYCOM admissions staff. At this time, the University of Pikeville does not provide housing for KYCOM students.

Is there a preference for students from Appalachia?
KYCOM gives preference to students from Kentucky, the Appalachian region and from other medically underserved areas that will help KYCOM fulfill its mission.
How do I send letters of recommendation to UP-KYCOM?
Letters can be sent by Interfolio, Virtual Evals, or mailed or faxed directly to the UP-KYCOM admissions office.

What is the mailing address for letters of recommendation?
Mail letters to:
UP-KYCOM Admissions
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, KY 41501

Is there a maximum number of letters of recommendation that may be sent?
We require three letters of recommendation, but will accept more.

An application to KYCOM has been submitted through AACOMAS, where is the secondary application from KYCOM?
KYCOM reviews the common application submitted through AACOMAS and emails a secondary application to screened applicants.

What are the application deadlines?
The deadline for the AACOMAS application is February 1. The deadline for the KYCOM Secondary Application is March 1. KYCOM has a rolling admissions policy, however, so apply early.

What are the immunization requirements for KYCOM?
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 of its students. Applicants must be in full compliance with KYCOM's immunization requirements prior to the beginning of first year orientation.
  • Annual TB test. Any positive result or history of positive results requires an annual chest radiography (x-ray).
  • Annual influenza immunization (received Fall of academic year).
  • Adult Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccine (Tdap) prior to admission, followed by Tetanus toxoid immunization every ten years.
  • Hepatitis B immunity, established by documented antibody titer.
  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunity, etsablished by documented anitbody titer.
  • Varicella immunity, established by documented antibody titer.
Where do I complete the FAFSA?
To complete the FAFSA online, go to:

Where can I track my federal student loans?
Your loans can be tracked at:

What is the FAFSA school code for KYCOM?

Can I get a subsidized loan?
As of July 1, 2012, federal subsidized loans will no longer be available to students. Federal unsubsidized loans will still be available.

Are my school loans dependent on credit?
Most unsubsidized federal loans are not dependent on your credit. The Federal Grad PLUS and private loans require a credit check.

How much can I borrow?
Student budgets are established each academic year by the school. The budget includes annual tuition and the cost of living expenses. You may apply for financial aid up to the budgeted amount.

What is the total aggregate federal loan limit?
The federal subsidized and unsubsidized limits are $224,000.

Do I have to apply for financial aid every year?
Yes, you must complete a new FAFSA each year if you are applying for federal loans.

How, and when, do I get my financial aid refund?
You must sign up for direct deposit thought the UPIKE business office. The first refund is generally two weeks after the start of the academic year. The second disbursement is generally within two weeks of the academic year midpoint. The payments will be posted to your UPIKE account for payment of tuition and fees and, if the loan exceeds that amount, a refund will be directly deposited into your banking account.

Can I defer my undergraduate loans while at KYCOM?
Yes, federal loans can be deferred while enrolled as a student. Check with individual lenders for any private loans.

Is online entrance counseling required when completing the Master Promissory Note?
Students who borrow from the Federal Direct Loan Program will complete entrance counseling online when completing the Master Promissory Note (MPN).

Where can I complete the Master Promissory Note?
The MPN can be completed online at You must have a U.S. Department of Education PIN. A PIN can be obtained at:

Does the unsubsidized Master Promissory Note need to be completed yearly?
You only need to complete the MPN once for as long as you remain enrolled at UP-KYCOM.

How often does the Graduate Plus Master Promissory Note need to be completed?
You need to complete the Graduate Plus MPN for each academic year that you wish to apply for the loan.

Who do I contact if I have remaining eligibility for veteran's educational benefits by the state approving agency for use during enrollment in medical school?
Information about VA educational benefits can be found at the following URL:

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