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Family and Community Medicine




Prospective Residents

Message from Michael King, MD
Residency Program Director
University of Kentucky Family Medicine Residency

I am extremely pleased that you have an interest in our Family Medicine Residency Program. We have an excellent program that prepares our residents well for a career in Family Medicine. In 1972, our department was established for the purpose of training family physicians to provide primary care for the state of Kentucky. Since then, our residency program has graduated 239 graduates. Our mission is to improve the health of the people of the Commonwealth and society at large. Our goal is to recruit excellent students, to provide training that is second to none and individualized to each resident’s needs and to graduate family physicians who will become well-respected clinicians in their community.

Our residency training encompasses experiences in a busy tertiary care hospital as well as providing continuity hospital care in a smaller, more patient-centered, community hospital within UK HealthCare. We also utilize community sites both in Lexington and the surrounding rural communities, allowing our program to have the best of both worlds and to prepare our residents for a wide variety of patient care needs. We are also excited about the new global health opportunities for our residents.

Our residency program is based in Lexington, Kentucky. Lexington is in the heart of the “Bluegrass Region” and is considered the “Horse Capital of the World.” The Bluegrass Region and surrounding areas provide a wonderful setting for extracurricular activities and for creating memorable experiences outside of residency. Known as the second largest city in Kentucky, it also possesses a small-town atmosphere with our abundant horse farms and rolling hills just outside the city limits.

The future of healthcare and primary care needs well-trained, well-rounded family physicians who not only can take care of all people, but also care about people. Whether you seek to practice in rural, urban, underserved area, or in a small group or multispecialty practice, we have something to offer you at the University of Kentucky.

Our Department of Family and Community Medicine offers two additional residency programs which are committed to training physicians for rural communities. Please see below for information about these residency programs.

Rural Training Track

The University of Kentucky Family Medicine Residency Program is a fully accredited program, established in 1972 that has excelled at producing quality family physicians since its inception.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is the sponsoring institution for rural training track in Morehead, KY.

The primary purpose of this rural training track is to provide a high quality and comprehensive education for residents to compassionately meet the needs of patients in rural and underserved areas of Kentucky and the surrounding region.

The Rural Training Track at Morehead received full accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education in May 2001.

St. Claire is the largest off-campus rotation site for the University of Kentucky Medical Center Colleges.

UK/St Claire Regional Rural Training Track Residency in Family Medicine

East Kentucky Family Medicine Residency Program

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