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 Bob Adams, D.O., student on right, would later practice sports medicine and become president

1970s: Foundation

The Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery was established by the Oklahoma legislature in 1972 to meet the growing demand for physicians in the state. Two years later the first class of 36 students reported for orientation in June at the temporary campus at Ninth Street and Cincinnati Avenue in downtown Tulsa. In April 1977 the OCOMS campus was dedicated at its current location just west of the Arkansas River at 17th Street and Southwest Boulevard.
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