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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
Gathering at the Appalachian Wireless Arena, graduates, faculty, families and friends celebrated the Commencement ceremonies of the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Optometry and Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine on Saturday, May 1. UPIKE honored the academic achievements of 51 Doctors of Optometry and 135 Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine during the ceremony. Masks […]
On behalf of the Board of Trustees at the University of Pikeville, President Burton J. Webb, Ph.D., has announced the appointment of Joe Kingery, D.O., MBA, FACOFP, FAAFP, as Dean of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) effective July 1, 2021. “Dr. Joe Kingery is a great choice as the next Dean of KYCOM,” […]
The University of Pikeville (UPIKE) is pleased to announce commencement ceremonies for the class of 2021 will be held in person. To safely host celebrations, there will be three commencement ceremonies held over the course of three days to recognize students earning degrees in undergraduate, graduate and health professions. Masks will be required at the […]
For the first time, a University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) student has been awarded the Marie Wiseman Outstanding Osteopathic Student of the Year Award by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). Heather McGuire was announced as the winner of this prestigious award during the Virtual ACOFP 58th Annual Convention […]
Frederick Stine, D.O., MHA, KYCOM ‘17, better known as Fritz to those close to him, continues to have an impact at KYCOM even after graduation. Serving in student government as class president and representing KYCOM at the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, Stine is proud to continue to be part of the KYCOM Alumni […]
A new research program at the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine guided by Professor of Anatomy Ethan Fulwood, Ph.D., is working to understand the generation of diversity in biological shape in mammals across long time scales. Fulwood began his research to better understand the causes and consequences of adaptive radiations and […]
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 […]