Admissions Overview

Is the MD/PhD Program right for you?

The University of Kentucky’s MD/PhD program trains the best and brightest in the skills, intellectual tools and science of both clinical medicine and ground-breaking biomedical research. As one of only a handful of universities to have six healthcare colleges on the same campus, we offer a wide range of graduate training opportunities. What makes UK unique is the range of multidisciplinary research and the exchange between investigators from different academic disciplines in our research centers. 

Our current students’ qualifications are impressive, not only in terms of academic records, but also in community service, leadership roles, and scientific achievements. More than half of our diverse student population have published articles before joining the program.

On a national level, our students gain visibility through their leadership roles in organizations such as the American Physician Scientist Association, positions as co-chair of the Gordon Research Conference seminars, and by presenting high-caliber science at national and international meetings. Students in our program benefit from extramural training that serves as a pipeline to graduate training in NIH- funded research programs. These include a mix of the mechanistic: oxidative stress, drug abuse biochemistry, and muscle biology; as well as the disease-specific, such as therapeutic strategies for neurodegeneration, cancer nanotechnology, the neurobiology of aging, and cardiovascular disease.  

Upon graduating, students typically move on to residencies at prestigious institutions including the Mayo Clinic, Johns Hopkins University, University of Texas-Southwestern, Washington State University, UCLA, UCSF, UCSD, and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Health System.

The AAMC's view on MD/PhD programs is located here. Additional information is available in this powerpoint presentation and the following links:

Download the Brochure in pdf format here.  

If you are interested in emailing a current MD/PhD student about their experience or research interests, please refer to the Current Students page for contact information. 

The Offer

Recommendations for acceptance to the Program are made by the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. The Program will notify you of decisions by e-mail. Applicants who are offered admission are encouraged to return for a second visit. Lodging and food will be provided by the program during your stay. During your second visit, we will arrange for you to meet with faculty members of your choice, spend time with current students, and explore the city of Lexington.

We strongly encourage incoming students to complete a laboratory rotation in the summer prior to the start of their first year in medical school. For additional information on laboratory rotations and fellowships, refer to the Lab Rotations & Transitions link listed under our current students tab.

Please note: students who are not accepted into the MD/PhD Program and wish to be considered for regular admission into the medical school should contact the Office of Medical Education Admissions.

2018 Cycle Timeline for UKY MD/PhD Program

  • AMCAS application opens: May 2017
  • November 1, 2017 - AMCAS Application Deadline
  • January 15, 2018 - Secondary Application Deadline
    NOTE: Secondary Application emails will be sent beginning the week of July 20
  • October 2017 –March 2018 - Applicants interviewed
  • December 2017 - March 2018 - Final decisions sent to applicants
  • Janurary 2018 – April 2018 - Second look
  • June–August 2018 - UKY M.D./Ph.D. program start:  with Program Retreat and 1st Lab Rotation

Because of the competitive nature of the program, we STRONGLY encourage you to complete your entire file as early as possible. This includes your secondary application, letters of recommendation, MCAT scores, and application fees.