Dean’s Welcome

Greetings from the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM). Since the founding of our college in 1997, the KYCOM mission has been our guiding principle. The data confirms the fact that for more than 20 years, KYCOM has been educating primary care physicians for rural Kentucky and other Appalachian regions, helping us keep the promise made by our founders to the people and communities of the region.

Our dedicated faculty, staff, and administration recruit and educate outstanding men and women who have demonstrated the desire and passion to become the best osteopathic physician they can be. By educating every student in the heritage of osteopathic practices and principles and with an emphasis on primary care education, our graduates are extremely well prepared to enter the highest quality graduate medical education residencies, whether in primary care or any other medical or surgical specialty.

At KYCOM, we care about students. By keeping classes small and maintaining an open-door policy, students have the opportunity to build personal relationships with a dedicated faculty, modeling the osteopathic philosophy of caring for the whole person. In addition, we ensure that our students will not have to make financially driven decisions about what type of diagnostic equipment to buy, which required books they can or cannot afford, or what computer to choose. We provide all these things – and more – so the emphasis is on learning.

While KYCOM is proud of our graduates and their successes, we continuously analyze and strive to further improve how we teach and prepare the osteopathic physicians of the future. This analysis has resulted in investments for additional high-fidelity simulators, ultrasound teaching models, and formative assessment software where students can view themselves doing standardized patient encounters.

Even as a relatively young medical school, KYCOM has been recognized as a national leader in addressing the need for more primary care physicians. According to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Graduate Schools, KYCOM earned high marks, ranking second among all medical schools in the nation, both D.O. and M.D., in the percent of graduates entering primary care residencies and as the fifth most affordable private medical school in the nation. The KYCOM founding dean, John Strosnider, D.O., along with other visionaries, had the dream of training physicians in the mountains so they will stay in the mountains. We are proud of the fact that KYCOM is making this dream come to fruition.

Dana C. Shaffer, D.O., FACOFP dist., FAOGME
Dean, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine