The University of Pikeville Mission
The University of Pikeville is the leading higher education institution of Central Appalachia. Founded in 1889, UPIKE remains steadfast in our commitment to preparing students for the future while creating intellectual, cultural and economic opportunities for Appalachia. Maintaining our commitment to Christian principles, UPIKE recognizes the infinite worth of each person, respecting a variety of religious expressions.

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.
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