BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is welcoming its first class to its new Bowling Green campus.

The school says in a statement that it will welcome 30 first-year medical students on Aug. 3 with a white coat ceremony at Western Kentucky University's Van Meter Hall.

UK partnered with The Medical Center and WKU to expand its medical school to Warren County and surrounding communities in south-central and western Kentucky. The partnership aims to help alleviate the region's physician shortage and allow Western's faculty access to medical research opportunities.

Medical school students will attend classes in Bowling Green on the campus of The Medical Center. The medical degree will be conferred by UK, and a certain number of slots in the program will be available first to WKU students.