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'UK at the Half': Michael Rankin Transforms Medical Education in Kentucky

Dr. Michael Rankin. Photo by Steve Shaffer | UKphoto
Michael Rankin, M.D. Steve Shaffer | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 11, 2021) — For this "UK at the Half," Michael D. Rankin, M.D., a 1980 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine discusses his time at UK and how it inspired him to lead the charge for the college's growth. 

During the UK game on Saturday, Rankin was recognized for his monumental $22 million gift commitment that will transform medical education in Kentucky.

"UK at the Half" airs during halftime of each UK football and basketball game broadcast on radio and is hosted by UK Public Relations and Strategic Communications. To hear the "UK at the Half" interview, click on the play button above. 

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.