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.
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