Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

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OSU Medicine At A Glance

OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of nine colleges of Oklahoma State University and is located in the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

  • Public institution founded in 1972 and merged with OSU in 1988.
  • Approximately 540 employees, including residents. Approximately 100 full-time faculty in basic and clinical sciences.
  • Current locations
    • OSU Center for Health Sciences Main Campus (1111 W. 17th Street)
    • 2401 Office Building (Clinical Financial Services)
    • Phoenix Building (Rural Health and AHEC)
    • Health Care Center (23rd and Southwest Boulevard)
    • Houston Center (717 S. Houston)
    • Physicians Office Building (802 S. Jackson)
    • Eastgate Metroplex (14002 E. 21st St., Suite 1130)
    • Ophthalmology (2448 E. 81st St, Suite 3700)
    • Ophthalmology (101 Rockefeller Dr., Suite 100, Muskogee)
    • North Regional Health & Wellness ( 5635 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
  • The OSU Health Care Center and other OSU Physician Clinics provide an essential clinical learning setting for student doctors, interns and residents while caring for people of the community. Services are offered in:
    • general health care
    • ophthalmology
    • ear, nose, and throat
    • osteopathic manipulative therapy
    • internal medicine
    • high risk and general obstetrics
    • gynecology
    • gastroenterology
    • pediatrics
    • behavioral medicine
    • diabetes foot care
    • parent-child clinic
    • women's health
    • orthopedic survery
    • plastic and reconstructive surgery
    • respiratory medicine
  • Governed through OSU by the nine-member Board of Regents for Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges
  • Accreditation by the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association and the North Central Association

Research and Sponsored Projects

Research continues its significant growth as projects are developed.  Total annual publications among biomedical science faculty have increased nearly three-fold in the past decade.  Extramural funding over the past decade has also increased five-fold, with the largest focus in the neurosciences.  The Center for Applied and Integrative Neuroscience has numerous faculty participants from both biomedical and clinical sciences. Currently, research teams are focusing on broad disease-related topics relevant to HIV/AIDS, autism, diabetes, childhood immunizations, bioterrorism, respiratory disorders.  These research teams are comprised of members of both our biomedical and clinical faculty and staff and utilize translational techniques to address these disease-related issues as they relate to the health of Oklahomans and the surrounding population.

Others areas of interest include but are not limited to neurological disorders (chronic pain mechanisms, epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders, cellular and immune response to drugs of abuse and neurotoxicology) and brain injury, genetics, cardiovascular disease and stroke, otitis media, and muscular disorders.  Clinical research has goals in prevention of high risk behaviors, diagnosis, and new treatments of diseases and their symptoms.  Biomedical research involves projects by faculty and investigative teams of scientists who seek to translate molecular research into new medical therapies.

Clinical Research

  • The College has several ongoing trials testing the efficacy of new drugs in HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular diseases, upper respiratory illnesses, asthma, and otitis media (ear aches) in children. Testing of new antibiotics and vaccines is also ongoing. Original research is being conducted in topics such as psychological factors in cardiovascular disease, endocrine factors of post-partum depression, chronic sub-clinical infections and research and development of a patented systems of delivery for cognitive rehabilitation exercises.
  • Sponsored projects range from health care delivery programs to support for the family medicine residency program and Indian health care. These projects total more than $4.5 million and include federal, state and private grants.

Students are encouraged to supplement their medical education through research activities and are supported in part by the Student Research Fellowship Program through the Auxiliary to the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.

Alumni Profile

  • Approximately six out of ten physicians are in primary care (which includes family practice, pediatrics, and general internal medicine) and approximately one in four are in Oklahoma communities with populations of 10,000 or less
  • Around 36 percent of graduates practice in a range of specialties, from dermatology to neurology, surgery to psychiatry, anesthesiology to gastroenterology
  • Approximately 35 are active military physicians
  • The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association actively supports osteopathic medical education through emergency loan funds, honors and awards, and financial support

Curriculum

  • OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine is a four-year professional college offering the doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree
  • The curriculum offers a student-centered approach that teaches through hands-on experiences, problem-based approaches and small group learning. Subject matter is taught using a spiral method where information is continuously reintroduced in greater depth and complexity.
  • The first year concentrates on the basic sciences and clinical skills, the second year integrates the basic and clinical sciences, and the final two years are devoted to clinical rotations in major medical centers, community hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices.
  • There are more than 20 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the College throughout the region – Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Durant, Tahlequah, Joplin, Mo. and Pine Bluff, Ark. – including a wide variety of primary care and specialty medicine.
  • A three-year family medicine residency with 27 approved positions is one of the major residency programs offered. Residents have clinical rotations at OSU Health Care Center, OSU Medical Center, private clinics in rural settings, and the OSU Wellness Center in Stillwater, Okla., as well as a strong didactic program taught by dedicated faculty.
  • A Plus-One Sub-Specialty residency in neuromusculoskeletal medicine is also available at OSU-CHS for primary care residents who want fellowship training in osteopathic manipulative medicine.
  • The College offers a graduate program in biomedical sciences, with M.S., Ph.D., D.O./M.B.A. and D.O./Ph.D. degree options. A Master of Forensic Sciences Administration and an M.S. in Forensic Sciences are offered. An M.S. in Natural and Applied Sciences-Health Care Administration also is available.
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