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University of Oklahoma (College of Medicine)

At the turn of the century, the College of Medicine was established in Norman as a two-year preclinical school. In 1910, it was merged with the Epworth Medical College in Oklahoma City and became a four-year degree granting school, although the preclinical courses were still taught in Norman. Among its many outstanding characteristics are several “centers of excellence” including the Center for Epidemiological Research, the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience, the Institute for Breast Health, the Center for Native American Research, the Native American Center for Excellence Consortium, and a World Health Organization Collaborating Center focused on research to improve quality of life.

The Oklahoma Health Center (HSC) is a remarkable group of health-related institutions on the 200+ acre campus in central Oklahoma City. Comprising the Oklahoma Health Center are the Oklahoma County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma, Dean A. McGee Eye Institute, the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Oklahoma Allergy Clinic, Oklahoma Blood Institute, Sylvan Goldman Center, Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner’s office, Oklahoma City Clinic, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Presbyterian Health Foundation, Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital, University/Columbia Hospital, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), and the Oklahoma Health Center Research Park.

In 1997, the state legislature and the Governor approved the teaching hospitals and the University moving into an affiliation with a corporate entity in the health sciences center. In February 1998, the University Hospitals (University Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma) entered into a groundbreaking joint operating agreement with Columbia/HCA to manage the University Hospitals and Presbyterian Hospital located on the campus. At the same time, the University entered into an Academic Affiliation Agreement with Columbia/HCA to continue the support of the hospitals for the various teaching and patient care programs, primarily affecting the College of Medicine but involving all colleges at the center. The three hospitals are managed under the title of OU Medical Center, but each retains its own unique identity and special characteristics.

The primary mission of The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is to educate medical students and resident physicians for the people of Oklahoma. The secondary mission is to develop and implement programs of excellence for predoctoral graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and practicing physicians. This requires that the faculty advance the sciences and practice of medicine through research, contribute to the professions relevant and integral to medicine, and serve as role models, through exemplary clinical service to patients.

The college is the centerpiece of the 61 acre academic health center in Oklahoma City which also includes the Colleges of Allied Health, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public health, and Graduate College. The College of Medicine consists of five basic science departments, sixteen clinical science departments in Oklahoma City and six clinical science departments at the College of Medicine in Tulsa. In addition there are fifty-three separately accredited programs in graduate medical education under college direction. The students have full use of the clinical, laboratory and teaching facilities of the OU Medical Center, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, other affiliated hospitals in Oklahoma City, three major teaching hospitals in Tulsa and various affiliated hospitals, clinics, and long term care facilities in other locations in Oklahoma.

The OU College of Medicine has a long-standing tradition of academic excellence, producing physicians who are devoted to patient care and contribute to the knowledge base of medicine. Another strong tradition on our campus is a supportive environment for students - one that reflects the basic friendly attitude of the Midwest and focuses on the well-being of our students during the medical school journey.

Our curriculum is constantly changing thus providing medical students with the most up to date information. We are in our sixth year of implementation of a computer assisted learning environment called Hippocrates: a collaborative venture of our students and faculty. In addition to education in the basic and core clinical sciences, our students have opportunity to explore topics in professionalism and bioethics, medicine and literature and the humanities through formal courses, casual dinners, and discussion groups with faculty. Patient contact, which begins in the first week of medical school, is used to facilitate the integration of basic science education and to stimulate the learning of the doctor/patient relationship. We believe the doctor/patient relationship is the foundation upon which the entire profession is based. The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is known for the high quality of the clinical education provided its students. Our teaching styles are student centered and include team and problem based learning with small group discussions as well as the traditional lecture and laboratory environments.

Research is an important mission of the University of Oklahoma. A partnership with the Presbyterian Health Foundation allows our medical students very high quality honors research opportunities. We have a fully funded MD/PhD program as well as opportunities for individualized MD/MPH and MS programs.

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine is a special place where individuals are nurtured to become outstanding empathic health care professionals who have a grasp of the power of modern medicine and an appreciation for others.

By conferring the Doctor of Medicine degree, the University certifies that the student is competent to undertake the next step in the physician’s education - that of graduate medical education or residency studies. It certifies further that, in addition to the scientific knowledge and skills, the graduate possess qualities of behavior and personality – compassion, responsibility, and integrity – essential to an effective professional life.

Medical education ordinarily consists of a minimum of four years of study. Students recommended for the Doctor of Medicine degree must be of good moral character, have completed an entire academic course of instruction as enrolled medical students, passed all required subjects and received satisfactory grades. In addition they must meet College requirements regarding the United States Medical Licensing Examination, and meet all financial obligations to the College of Medicine. At the end of the final academic year, students who have fulfilled these requirements will be eligible for the M.D. degree.

School name:University of OklahomaCollege of Medicine
Address:Post Office Box 26901, BMSB 357
Zip & city:OK 73190 Oklahoma

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First year courses focus on knowledge of structure and function of human biology, critical thinking skills, and the management of medical information. A 2-week intersession provides opportunity for electives in medical humanities.


* Gross Anatomy
* Histology
* Human Embryology
* Neurosciences
* Biochemistry & Medical Molecular Genetics
* Medical Physiology
* Evidence Based Medicine
* Human Behavior I
* Principles of Clinical Medicine I
* Integrated Medical Problem Solving


Second year courses address the understanding of diseases, including pathophysiology and therapy of diseases and form a bridge of basic information leading directly into the clinical portion of the curriculum. Passage of USMLE Step 1 is a requirement for advancement.


* Medical Microbiology & Immunology
* Patients, Physicians & Society: Clinical Ethics
* Human Behavior II
* Pharmacology
* Introduction to Human Illness
* Principles of Clinical Medicine II
* Integrated Medical Problem Solving


All students are required to take core clerkships in Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Neuroscience, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. Students may choose to take their core clerkships either on the Oklahoma City or Tulsa campus.


* Medicine
* Surgery
* Obstetrics & Gynecology
* Pediatrics
* Psychiatry
* Family Medicine
* Geriatrics
* Neurology
* Integrated Clinical Topics


The fourth year students have a required general medicine ambulatory care experience, a rural preceptorship under the guidance of a physician in a small Oklahoma community; and 6 months of clinical electives. Students have opportunity to experience five specialty electives taken in third or fourth year.
USMLE Step 2 is required.


* Ambulatory Medicine
* Preceptor - Rural Medicine
* Electives
* Selectives

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