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The Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) is ranked second among all D.O. and M.D. granting medical schools in the U.S. for graduates entering primary care residencies. KYCOM’s guiding principle has always been to educate physicians to serve underserved and rural areas, with an emphasis on primary care. KYCOM prides itself in being student-centered in every aspect. As a KYCOM student, dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff will provide you with a supportive environment to learn patient-centered care while utilizing advanced technology. Nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains near a growing regional hospital, KYCOM’s graduates are well prepared to enter high-quality and rigorous graduate medical education residencies.
More than 1,300 KYCOM alumni are practicing across the U.S.
70% of graduates practice a primary care specialty
KYCOM is ranked in the top five for most affordable private osteopathic and allopathic medical schools.
*U.S. News and World Report
In addition to future physicians, three KYCOM students can add advocate for national and state healthcare to their already impressive resumes. Alaa Alghalayini, Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) President, Brandon Hamm, Second-Vice President for Student Government Association (SGA) and Nicole Tomczuk, along with KYCOM Dean Dana Shaffer, D.O., FAAO, dist., FAOGME, visited Washington during the annual […]
In the fall of 2018, the University of Pikeville welcomed Lexington, Ky., native, Courtney Justice, to the Office of Advancement. Justice’s role as senior director of advancement allows her to establish long-term partnerships and strengthen existing relationships with alumni and other partners for the benefit of UPIKE’s graduate programs, including the Kentucky College of Osteopathic […]
The University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) recently welcomed new Associate Dean of Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Malgorzata (Margaret) Simm, Ph.D., MSc., in November 2019. Simm earned a master’s degree in microbiology from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland, and Ph.D., in microbiology from Children’s Memorial Health Institute and AKM Institute of Hygiene […]
As the Medical Director of the Primary Care Clinic and the Warfarin Care Clinic with St. Clair HealthCare in Morehead, Ky., Selena G. Raines, D.O., keeps a full schedule helping patients. As an alumnus, Raines vividly remembers how she felt walking in on the first day where her medical education began at the Kentucky College […]
PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine is offering free NARCAN training sessions to university faculty, staff, and students as well as first responders and other community members. Individuals who complete the grant-funded training will receive opioid education certification from the American Heart Association. Available as a spray, NARCAN is used […]
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) formally welcomed the Class of 2023 during a traditional White Coat Ceremony on September 14. White coat ceremonies are rites of passage for beginning medical students. The ritual encourages a psychological contract that emphasizes professionalism and empathy in the practice of medicine and focuses on the […]
Steve R. Harris, Ph.D., was named this year’s John A. Strosnider, D.O., Memorial Lecturer at the annual Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) Founders Dinner on Sept. 13. The award recognizes Harris’ service to the medical school, along with the community, that spans two decades and countless student physicians. Established in honor of John A. […]
Whether they were providing eyeglasses in Mexico, helping with repairs for a church in Guatemala or volunteering with Remote Area Medical in Hazard, Ky., University of Pikeville students of all types spent their summer striving to serve. A team of nine students and two faculty members from the UPIKE-Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) traveled nearly […]
The University of Pikeville’s Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) recently completed another successful session of its annual Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP). The program, which has been in existence since 1980, allows a small group of high school students entering grade 11 or 12 to live on campus for one week and learn about careers in medicine. PEPP […]