University of Kentucky
Rendering of facility that will house the University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus.

University of Kentucky breaks ground on medical school campus in Bowling Green

June 8, 2017
The campus will be a partnership with The Medical Center at Bowling Green and Western Kentucky University.

Officials have broken ground in Bowling Green, Ky., on a new medical school campus.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus is a partnership between The Medical Center at Bowling Green, the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.

The UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus will be a fully functioning campus, with the exact same curriculum and assessments as the University of Kentucky's Lexington campus. On-site faculty will teach in small groups and provide simulation/standardized patient experiences. Educational technology will enable faculty to deliver lectures from Lexington, and clinical experiences will occur at The Medical Center at Bowling Green and surrounding community practices.

“At the University of Kentucky, we know that working together — across disciplines and across the Commonwealth — is the best way to ensure real, positive change for those we serve," says UK President Eli Capilouto. "This collaboration will allow us to effectively and efficiently utilize existing resources throughout the state to meet this important need for more physicians and greater access to health care.”

The UK College of Medicine-Bowling Green Campus will be part of a multipurpose building attached to a five-story parking garage constructed on the campus of The Medical Center. Construction is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2018.

“This partnership helps ensure our state will remain competitive as the landscape of health care changes,” says Dr. Robert DiPaola, dean of the UK College of Medicine. “It also signals a new beginning in the efforts to train more physicians in Kentucky, for Kentucky, and especially a new beginning for our future students as they embark on this journey and career in medicine.”

Basic science and early didactic training will be taught in conjunction with faculty at Western Kentucky University through both onsite classes and distance education methods in accordance with UK College of Medicine curricular protocols.

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