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. Our graduates serve as proof 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. 

We remain diligent in those founding ideals but with open minds to allow the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff to shape our vision for the program. 

The research program at KYCOM has seen significant growth and provides students, faculty, and staff an opportunity to engage in a collaborative learning culture through ethical and safe biomedical research. KYCOM’s state-of-the-art 2,600 square foot laboratory provides students with all the equipment and resources needed to conduct successful research. In addition to the research laboratory, KYCOM has partnerships with the region’s healthcare system for clinical research opportunities.

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

As a 2006 KYCOM alum, I directly benefited from our small class sizes, the tradition of an open-door policy by faculty and staff, and the individualized attention our students receive to become the best physician possible. 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 technology will best assist them through their journey. We provide all these things – and more – so the emphasis is on learning, and everything you need to succeed is provided to you.

KYCOM has been recognized as a national leader in addressing the need for more primary care physicians. According to the most recent rankings released by U.S. News & World Report, KYCOM earned high marks, ranking number one among all medical schools in the nation, both D.O., and M.D., in the most graduates practicing patient care in rural areas and fifth in most graduates practicing primary care 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.

Dean, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine