Faced with a shortage of doctors in Northern Kentucky, medical educators and health care providers came up with a novel idea: Collaborate to open a regional medical school that provides the region with a steady stream of physicians. Now, that vision has become an exciting reality.
The new Northern Kentucky branch of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine (UKCOM) welcomed its first freshman class in August 2019 to its facility at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). The cohort of 35 medical students will take their first two years of course and lab work on campus at NKU, then gain clinical experience in their third and fourth years at St. Elizabeth Healthcare, one of the oldest and largest health providers in the region. St. Elizabeth facilities in Northern Kentucky include St. Elizabeth Covington, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas and St. Elizabeth Grant.
The partnership between the three institutions not only allows for more doctors to graduate from a fully accredited, four-year medical school and gain clinical expertise at a first-rate hospital, but it also encourages students to live and work in Northern Kentucky communities once they graduate.