UPIKE-KYCOM provides resources to assist DO students to successfully prepare for a medical career and secure a residency of their choice.

Career planning begins during orientation and continues throughout your KYCOM experience. The Graduate and Health Professions Student Affairs office along with faculty advisors work collaboratively with students to answer questions and concerns regarding your career and professional development. Individualized career counseling sessions help students select specialties, create CVs, and identify experiences in leadership and research in their pre-clinical years. During the clinical years, career counseling sessions help students develop personal statements, refine CVs, prepare audition rotations, interviews, and residency.

Career Advising Support

The Graduate and Health Professions Student Affairs office provides KYCOM students with career development support and guidance. This includes:

  • General advising about career exploration
  • Assistance with identifying specialties, work settings, etc. that align with students’ values and strengths
  • Guidance in identifying leadership, research, and other supplemental experiences to assist career development
  • Support in establishing and improving important elements of professionalism, cultural competency, and interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Advice and aid in developing effective CV’s, personal statements, etc.
  • Mock interviews and interviewing advice

Career Advising Resources

Each KYCOM class has access to a career advising tools and resources on our learning management system, Canvas. Resources include: selecting a specialty, preparing CVs and personal statements, assistance selecting experiences, and preparing for the Match.

Big Interview Medical

KYCOM is pleased to offer you a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you prepare more effectively for a residency interview. Big Interview Medical is an online system that combines training AND practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence.

Big Interview Medical offers a variety of tools including:

  • Challenging, virtual mock interviews for all experience levels
  • A database of thousands of interview questions with tips on how to answer
  • The ability to rate and share your interview answers for feedback and/or receive AI feedback
  • A comprehensive video training curriculum
  • A step-by-step interview Answer Builder for behavioral questions
  • A resume builder

How to Register

Here’s how to set up your Big Interview Medical account:

STEP 1: Go to https://upike.biginterviewmedical.com/  and click “Register.”

STEP 2: Enter your UPike email address, name, and password, and click “Create my Account.”

STEP 3: Log in and start using Big Interview Medical.

KYCOM Residency Placements

On average, KYCOM graduates report that approximately two-thirds receive their first choice in residency. Of our seniors, 85-90% report receiving a “top three” choice. KYCOM is regularly listed in U.S. News and World Report as a top medical school for graduates entering primary care residencies and rural medicine.


Graduate and Health Professions Student Affairs

Coal 503 │ 606-218-5400 │ ghpsa@upike.edu