Friday, February 19, 2016

UK College of Medicine expanding due to physician shortage

(AP) — The University of Kentucky College of Medicine says it is expanding educational opportunities to address a shortage of physicians in the state.

UK says in a statement that it is developing a four-year satellite program in Bowling Green and will expand its Rural Physician Leadership Program in Morehead.

The initiative partners UK, Morehead State and Western Kentucky with local hospitals. The statement says UK is at capacity at its Lexington campus and it can't increase enrollment without collaborating with other institutions.

Details of the arrangement are still being worked out, but UK officials say they have signed memorandums of understanding with the other schools and hospitals.


There are 521 students enrolled in UK's College of Medicine. The partnership will allow that number to increase by about 30 percent.