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Celebrating Our Past, Present & Future

Oklahoma's Future Physicians Start Here
On March 10, 1972, Oklahoma Bill 461 was signed into law establishing the nation’s first free-standing, state-supported osteopathic institution charged with training doctors in osteopathic medicine in order to meet the health care needs of rural and underserved Oklahomans.
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Our History, Our Future

As we mark our 50th anniversary of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, many of our partners shared their thoughts about the impact OSU COM continues to have on the health of Oklahomans.



Dennis Blankenship (left), Natasha Bray (middle), and Johnny Stephens (right)

In March 1972, with dwindling numbers of primary care physicians in rural Oklahoma, the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery was established to educate and train osteopathic medicine physicians. 50 years later, we are still fulfilling that mission. Today, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine educates tomorrow’s physicians in a wide range of specialties to serve both rural and urban areas of our state. Now with our College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, our impact is even greater.

- Johnny Stephens, Pharm.D.
President of OSU-CHS


COM Through the Years

Driven by the land grant mission of Oklahoma State University, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine has focused on improving access to quality health care for rural and underserved Oklahomans for the past 50 years.

COM by the NumbersFulfilling our Mission

Inaugural Students

Current Medical Students

Total Number of Graduates


Ranked in Rural Care

- U.S. News & World Report

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