Prospective Students

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. UK MD/PhD students contribute to the nation’s scientific agenda by bridging basic science and clinical research. Our students excel not just in their scientific achievements, but also in academic recordsleadership roles, and community service. The program is designed to prepare exceptional students to assume leadership positions at the forefront of scientific and medical discovery. As one of UK’s MD-PhD students, you instantly become part of a “family” comprised of research and clinical faculty and staff who make up our mentoring community.


The University of Kentucky MD/PhD Program is looking for well-rounded and accomplished individuals who are committed to pursuing a rigorous dual degree program and who have qualities necessary to be successful physician-scientists.

Our Program is open to all qualified applicants, regardless of state-of-residence.

We are committed to diversity and particularly encourage applications from women and members of racial, ethnic, and/or demographic groups currently underrepresented in biomedical science who can contribute new perspectives to our program and university.

When evaluating candidates for the combined degree program, we holistically consider the student's background, interview evaluations, research accomplishments, letters of recommendation, MCAT scores, and undergraduate academic performance. Although we do not have minimum numerical requirements, most applicants have significant research experience, stellar academic performance and competitive MCAT scores. Historically, successful applicants to our program have had extensive research experience, GPA of 3.8 +/- 0.3, and MCAT of 518 +/- 10. However, we highly value communication and leadership skills, motivation, integrity, empathy, and compassion when considering applicants.

How to Apply

Please refer to the following links for more information on how to apply:

2021-2022 Cycle Timeline for the UKY MD/PhD Program

  • AMCAS application opens: May 4, 2021
  • First Day to Submit AMCAS: May 28, 2021
  • AMCAS Application Deadline: November 1, 2021
  • Secondary Application Deadline: November 30, 2021
  • Applicants Interviewed: October - December 2021
  • Initial Decisions Sent to Applicants: December 2021 - March 2022
  • Second Look Weekends: March 10-12, March 24-26, and April 7-9, 2022
  • UK MD/PhD Program Start (Program Retreat and 1st Lab Rotation): June - August 2022
  • M1 Orientation Begins: July - August 2021

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. 

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.

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