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Our D.O. medical school is nationally ranked and recognized for a reputation of excellence in rural medicine and family healthcare. UPIKE’s osteopathy program gives you a clear path to success in the medical field.
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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
The University of Pikeville and the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU) are partnering to provide professional school opportunities for students from Kentucky’s independent colleges and universities interested in optometry and medical careers. The relationship was conceived to provide enhanced access to medical education opportunities for students from AIKCU’s 18 member colleges and […]
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) formally welcomed the Class of 2024 during a Virtual White Coat Ceremony on Saturday, October 10, at 10 a.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the ceremony was prerecorded and available for students, friends and family to view and celebrate this milestone for these future physicians. White coat […]
Upon graduating from KYCOM, Kristen Kendrick, D.O. ’11 KYCOM ’17, moved to Charlotte, N.C., for her residency in Family Medicine at the Carolinas Medical Center, a UNC teaching hospital. Writing and journalism have always been an interest of hers, mostly with the goal of improving public health literacy. She had dabbled in it earlier in […]
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) recently held a virtual ceremony on July 27 inducting 22 students from KYCOM’s class of 2021 into the college’s chapter of medical schools and residency programs, the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS). The GHHS recognizes students, residents and faculty who demonstrate compassionate patient care and serve […]
The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UPIKE-KYCOM) is pleased to recognize nine students who have received funding for research projects through the UPIKE-KYCOM Summer Research Fellowship Program (SRP). The following student physicians and their mentors were selected from KYCOM: Matthew Talmage and mentor, Kristen Carroll, M.D., Shriners Hospitals for Children- Salt Lake City, […]
Two University of Pikeville–Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) graduates have been working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic during their residencies. Soon after COVID-19 cases began spiking in the U.S., Rachel Willimann, D.O., a third-year pediatric resident working at Nassau University Medical Center in New York, and Nate Hensler, D.O., a second-year family […]
The University of Pikeville honored the academic achievements of more than 270 graduates at the associate, baccalaureate and master’s degree levels in its first-ever virtual commencement on May 2. Sixty-One Doctor of Optometry degree recipients from the inaugural graduating class of UPIKE’s Kentucky College of Optometry (KYCO) joined 123 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine degree recipients from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic […]
The University of Pikeville will honor the academic achievements of students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Coleman College of Business, College of Nursing and Human Services, and Patton College of Education in a virtual commencement ceremony. Graduates from the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) and the inaugural graduates from Kentucky College of […]
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 […]