UK announces regional medical school partnership with NKU

Ellen Smith

UK announced plans last week to develop a regional medical school campus in Northern Kentucky, in partnership with Northern Kentucky University and St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 

“Working with outstanding regional partners – universities and hospitals – we can educate and train more potential doctors and help address the physician shortage in the commonwealth,” UK College of Medicine Dean Dr. Robert DiPaola said.

The Lexington campus reached capacity in the number of students its facilities and infrastructure can support.

Currently, the UK College of Medicine enrolls 547 students, with 139 in the most recently admitted class, the class of 2020.

The curriculum and education will be the same as what is provided at the Lexington campus. 

UK HealthCare saw NKU and St. Elizabeth as outstanding and qualified institutions in higher education and as regional providers of healthcare.

“We will be able to educate more outstanding students. This will be a new opportunity to offer to NKU students and others in the region to continue their education at the highest levels closer to home,” DiPaola said. “The region, potentially, will have more outstanding clinicians, serving the state and, in particular, Northern Kentucky. It is a win-win-win for the university, the region and our partners.”

Four-year regional campuses in Bowling Green and Morehead were also proposed in 2016 by UK.

UK plans to open the regional campus with NKU and St. Elizabeth as early as 2019.