UPIKE-KYCOM provides a variety of health and wellness services to support the overall wellbeing of students.

Behavioral Health and Counseling Services

THRIVE Counseling Center

The UPIKE THRIVE Counseling Center provides short-term mental health services, including personal counseling, group counseling, consultation and referrals. Services are free and confidential for all currently enrolled UPIKE students.

Phone: 606-218-HELP(4357)

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (after hours as requested)

Email: counseling@upike.edu

Location: Record Memorial Building, room 601


Humana Student Assistance Program

KYCOM offers its students a no-fee, comprehensive, and confidential Student Assistance Program to help KYCOM students maintain their emotional well-being and behavioral health while managing the often-competing demands of medical school, relationships, health, family and life in general. The purpose of this service is to help medical students function at their best. Students can confidentially access professional counseling professionals on a 24/7 basis via a toll-free phone number (1-855-270-3349) or online at www.humana.com/sap – (username: bears02, password: upike). If indicated, students will be referred by these counseling professionals to local mental healthcare providers for personal, legal and financial counseling sessions.


Food Insecurity

KYCOM Food Pantry

Food in the KYCOM Food Pantry is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis – the pantry food is provided through generous donations from individuals and departments across UPIKE and in the community.

Location: Coal Building, Mezzanine

Items available are hygiene products (shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene products), single-servings of soup and pasta, canned soups and vegetables, shelf-stable items (rice, pasta, etc.) and snacks. Items in the pantry are constantly rotating.


Fitness Center

The UPIKE Fitness Center opened in spring 2021 and is available exclusively to UPIKE students, faculty and staff through key card access. The Fitness Center is open seven days a week between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. The center is equipped with the latest fitness equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, recumbent bikes, rowing machine, etc. and a cardio room where students can participate in workouts hosted by FitnessOnDemand.

Location: 805 Hambley Blvd, suite one, Pikeville, KY 41501

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. (seven days a week with the exception of when the university is closed and two weeks for cleaning and repairs)


Physical Wellbeing and Health Services

On Campus Nurse Station

A registered nurse is on duty and/or on-call during academic semesters. The nurse is available for consultation, treatment and referral. Students are not required to receive treatment from the university nurse, and they are free to seek aid elsewhere at their own expense. Parents or guardians are notified in the event of a major illness or injury.


Phone: (606) 218-5048
Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Location: Coal Building Room 515


Community Health Services

Costs of care are the responsibility of the student. Spouse, parents or guardians are notified in the event of a student emergency.

Pikeville Medical Center

Pikeville Medical Family Practice and OMT Center

Pikeville Medical Center Urgent Care & Family Wellness Center

First Care Urgent Care


Student Health Insurance

All KYCOM students are required to maintain personal health insurance from matriculation through graduation.

Beginning in the 2022-23 academic year, KYCOM will partner with HSA Consulting, Inc., to make available an insurance plan for all students. Students must be enrolled in the KYCOM Student Health Insurance Plan or have an approved waiver with health insurance coverage that meets the requirements set forth by KYCOM.

Students can also complete a waiver request if they believe that they currently have coverage that meets the standards determined by KYCOM. HSA Consulting, Inc. will verify the waiver information to ensure all students are currently and remain in compliance with KYCOM’s health insurance requirements. All information submitted is confidential and utilized for verification of health insurance only.


Resources for Alcohol and Substance Use

ScreenU is an evidence-based tool that can give valuable feedback on alcohol use. Participation is completely anonymous. 

Additional ScreenU tools are available for prescription drugs and cannabis:

ScreenU Rx      ScreenU Cannabis

If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction or mental health issues, we encourage you to seek help through a private physician, mental health specialist and/or a licensed professional counselor.

Contact: Graduate and Health Professions Student Affairs
Location: Coal Building, room 503
Phone and email: (606) 218-5400 │ ghpsa@upike.edu