First Medical School class includes WKU grads

Nicole Ziege

The first class of 30 students at the new UK College of Medicine Bowling Green campus was seated Monday and includes seven WKU graduates.

The new campus, which was a collaboration between UK and WKU, opened for its week-long orientation on Monday.

“This is an opportunity for them to understand what it means to be a medical school student,” said Don Brown, director of medical education at the Medical Center, referring to the orientation. “They are a very impressive group. We are so excited.”

Brown said that UK built the new medical school in Bowling Green to address a lack of physicians in the state and to provide local medical training for students who may not be able to attend other UK regional medical campuses.

There will be a white coat ceremony in Van Meter Hall at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, to recognize the students starting medical school. Classes at the new facility will start on Aug. 6.

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