Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) educates and trains osteopathic physicians, research scientists and other health care professionals, with an emphasis on providing health care for rural and underserved Oklahoma. The College of Medicine was legislatively founded in 1972 and merged with Oklahoma State University in 1988.
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical and forensic sciences. Since its beginning, OSU CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. The Biomedical Sciences program offers advanced degrees in anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology. Additionally, OSU CHS offers a Master’s of Science in Natural and Applied Sciences – Health Care Administration and a combined DO/MBA program, which allows students to earn an MBA in their first year then continue with four years of uninterrupted medical education. The Forensic Sciences program is one of only eight in the nation accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked OSU-CHS among the best medical allopathic and osteopathic schools in the country. In 2007, the weekly news magazine ranked the college 20th in the nation in rural medicine and 45th in primary care. U.S. News also reported that the Center for Health Sciences ranked third nationwide for financial aid given to its students. OSU medical students’ pass rate consistently ranks top in the nation on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. The College Osteopathic Medicine (COM) faculty frequently receives national recognition for outstanding work, including the recent Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award from the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.
The College of Osteopathic Medicine has a class size of approximately 115 students per year, with a current total student enrollment of 374, and 86 percent of the students are from Oklahoma. To date, the College has graduated more than 2,250 physicians. Two-thirds of the graduates practice in primary care (family practice, pediatrics, internal medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology) and one-third practice in specialty areas such as dermatology, neurology, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, anesthesiology and gastroenterology. The College of Medicine partners closely with the OSU Medical Center, which serves as the largest osteopathic teaching center in the United States, training 151 resident physicians in primary and sub-specialty care each year.
OSU CHS biomedical research involves projects by faculty and investigative teams of scientists who seek to translate molecular research into new medical therapies, as well as commercialization and technology transfer capabilities. The major research foci are applied and integrative neuroscience, cardiovascular and pulmonary, forensic science, and interdisciplinary programs. Approximately 200 individuals are involved in research activities, including 40 of the 80 full-time faculty members, several graduate and medical students, numerous residents, interns and research staff.
Over the last decade, a major mission of OSU CHS is to become a significant research institution in the northeast region of Oklahoma. OSU involved in the Tulsa Research Partners group, which is an independent research consortium created to impact multidisciplinary collaborations and to award research grants to support technology development projects in software, IT cyber-security, advanced materials, telecom, bio-life and alternative energy sciences. The Research Partners are part of the Oklahoma Innovation Institute, which is a non-profit corporation committed to building an innovative economy in the Tulsa region. The Institute fosters collaborative research and development, entrepreneurship, company creation and retention, life-long learning and creative, future-oriented thinking. The objectives are driven by private sector, government and philanthropic partnership.
In addition to these community and regional efforts, OSU CHS is active in the founding, development and implementation of the Tulsa Area Bioscience Education and Research Consortium (TABERC). TABERC was founded to develop bioscience research in Tulsa through multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to undergraduate and graduate education and technical training. TABERC is currently comprised of nine Tulsa area institutes of higher education. This collaborative partnership will position Tulsa and the surrounding area to be a leader in bioscience education, training, research, and innovation by utilizing assets of all area institutions of higher education.
OSU-CHS operates six clinics, five in Tulsa and one in Muskogee. The clinics provide approximately 135,000 patient visits annually, providing $3 million in indigent care. The clinics focus on family medicine, women’s health, psychiatry, internal medicine, HIV/AIDS care, pediatrics, cardiology, respiratory, surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and ophthalmology. The following are examples of the far-reaching academic, research, clinical and community activities of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences: