UK Medical Education Development Program


The University of Kentucky Medical Education Development (UKMED) for Prospective Medical Students is an annual program designed to specifically recruit self-identified underrepresented minority junior and senior pre-medical undergraduate students who have a strong interest in attending medical school upon graduation from college. This selective program is geared towards prospective medical student applicants during their junior or senior year of study from underrepresented minority groups (African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian-Pacific Islander, first generation college students, and students from the Appalachian region). The purpose is to provide these students with a positive first-hand look at the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine thereby encouraging them to give serious consideration to applying. Selected participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with faculty, alumni, and current students while attending information sessions, panels, and tour of the UK Health Center.

The goals of UKMED are to:

  • Increase interest shown by minority students in the medical profession
  • Increase the number of minority student applications to UKCOM
  • Increase matriculation of minority students to UKCOM

The two-day event consists of a welcome dinner on a Sunday evening, followed by a one day medical school experience the following day. Students will participate in systems-based lectures, experience patient presentations by physicians and have the opportunity to converse with current minority medical students during a lunch panel discussion. Furthermore, students will receive tips on how to succeed during the admissions process from admissions and financial aid staff.

UKMED 2015 will take place on August 16, 2015 and August 17, 2015. Applications are now being accepted. Click here to complete an application. Deadline to submit an application for UKMED 2015 is June 20, 2015.

For additional information contact ukmed@uky.edu