Mar 04, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Medicine

Charles “Chipper” Griffith III, M.D., is Acting Dean of the College of Medicine.

The College of Medicine offers a four-year curriculum leading to a degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.).

A curriculum in medicine has been part of the University of Kentucky since 1960. The College of Medicine is responsible for providing its students with training in related basic sciences and in the clinical experience under supervision in the University of Kentucky Hospital and other affiliated facilities.

As part of the Medical Center - which also includes the University of Kentucky Hospital and the Colleges of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health - the College of Medicine strives for programs of the highest possible quality. This means selecting the best possible student body, creating an environment which fosters learning, investigation, and clinical excellence, and acquiring and keeping talented faculty and administrative staffs.

Academic Preparation for the Study of Medicine

Medical science and practice involve complex relationships between physical, biological, psychological, cultural, and environmental aspects of human behavior. In the preparation for medical school, fundamental undergraduate college training in biology, chemistry, physics and English is essential. Minimal requirements are satisfied with the equivalent of two semesters of studies in physics; two semesters in the biological sciences; four semesters in chemistry, including organic chemistry and biochemistry; and at least two semesters of English with emphasis on communication skills such as reading, writing, and speaking.

In addition, we strongly recommend that prospective applicants complete a course in cell biology, statistics, psychology, and sociology. Students are encouraged to follow special interests which they may have in philosophy, psychology, literature, social sciences, or the fine arts.

Students are urged to demonstrate a capacity for advanced work through concentrated study of at least one subject in a major area by completing courses beyond the introductory level.

Requirements for Admission

Applicants for admission to the College of Medicine M.D. program, in addition to meeting general University requirements, must meet the prerequisite requirements of the College of Medicine and be accepted by the College of Medicine Admissions Committee. Applicants will be required to have taken the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) and are encouraged to have completed a baccalaureate degree program at an accredited college or university.

Selection Criteria

In admitting students to the College of Medicine, the University endeavors to select students who show promise of becoming excellent future physicians. Applicants are judged on the basis of their total qualifications and in comparison with other applicants.

As a state medical school, the UK College of Medicine gives preference to Kentucky residents. Non-residents who are underrepresented in medicine (see the AAMC definition of underrepresented in medicine) or who have strong ties to the state (e.g., previous attendance at a Kentucky college or university) may be considered. Regardless of their state of residency, only applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are considered. International applicants who graduated from a Kentucky high school or attended (or are attending) a Kentucky college/university may be considered as well.

Selection from among applicants who meet the general premedical educational requirements of the College of Medicine is based on a number of criteria. A high level of academic performance at the undergraduate level is extremely important. It is recognized, however, that a meaningful evaluation of student performance must consider many factors in addition to grades. For example, exposure to the health care profession is considered essential.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is used to assess scholastic aptitude.

Since the practice of medicine involves the physician in continual relationships with people - with patients, and with other members of the health care team - applicants are also judged according to premedical evaluations, the degree of their participation in campus and community activities and organizations, and the personal characteristics that they demonstrate. Friendliness, compassion, integrity, professionalism, and commitment are all essential traits of the physician.

Often the physician’s ability to communicate effectively will determine the degree of success in the diagnosis and management of a patient’s medical condition and in other professional activities. Thus, consideration is given to the communication skills demonstrated by each applicant. Communication is bidirectional and involves the ability to listen perceptively, as well as to speak and write clearly.

Because the practice of medicine and the life of the medical student require a great investment of effort and demand both time and energy, it is essential that a prospective medical student meet the Technical Standards of the College of Medicine detailed online at: Further, prospective applicants should be able to demonstrate that their motivation to study medicine is sufficiently strong to sustain them in the face of difficulties. Accepted applicants are subject to a criminal background check prior to matriculation.

Student Progress

The Student Progress and Promotions Committee is charged with monitoring student progress through the curriculum. The committee regularly reviews each student’s performance and makes recommendations on such actions as graduation, promotion, remediation, dismissal, and leaves of absence. Final authority on all matters of student progress and promotion is vested in the Dean of the College of Medicine.

Students are responsible for conforming to all rules and regulations specified by the Behavioral Standards in Patient Care, Health Science Student Professional Behavior Code, the College of Medicine Honor Code, the “Technical Standards Related to Applicant Admission and Student Performance” detailed online at:, the academic standards established in the Student Promotion rules, and the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities for all University of Kentucky students.

Course Descriptions

Course listings for the College of Medicine may be found at:

For specific information about programs in the College of Medicine, students should refer to The Graduate School Bulletin or the College of Medicine Bulletin.

Combined Medical and Graduate Studies

Students have the opportunity to pursue the M.D./M.B.A. and the M.D./M.P.H.


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