The University of Kentucky Department of Surgery
considers the training of residents and medical students
among its highest priorities.

The department’s goals are to provide educational services, implement and evaluate surgical procedure innovations, and conduct advanced research to continuously improve the quality of its graduate and undergraduate surgical education programs. The department promotes a positive learning environment for faculty, surgical residents, and medical students to thrive.

The UK College of Medicine graduates about 100 students each year. The Department of Surgery coordinates undergraduate surgical medical education primarily through third- and fourth-year clerkships.

The Department's Preliminary Surgery program offers one year of clinical surgical training to residents. They pursue further training in either a surgical subspecialty or non-surgical specialty. The program is ideal for those who choose careers in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, or urology.

The program's undergraduate curriculum provides broad-based experience in all surgical specialties, allowing students to observe the care and treatment of patients with a diverse array of conditions. The principles of patient preoperative and postoperative care serve as the basic curricula for the resident education program. Operative experience depends on the skills, abilities, and preferences of the resident. The program is available to residents who plan to continue their training at the UK Chandler Medical Center or at another institution.

The Department of Surgery’s Residency Programs participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All residencies are accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

For additional information on UK College of Medicine residencies and fellowships, please visit the Graduate Medical Education Web site.