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Ceremony welcomes inaugural class of 54 first-year medical students
July 31, 2020
TAHLEQUAH— Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation will make history Friday, July 31 by holding the first iconic White Coat ceremony marking the official opening of the nation’s first tribally-affiliated medical school. The ceremony, in partnership with the Cherokee Nation, is the initial step for the inaugural class of 54 first-year medical students who will symbolically enter the medical profession with the donning of their white coat.
In October 2018, OSU Medicine and the Cherokee Nation announced the establishment of the nation’s first college of medicine to be located on the campus of a tribal health facility in Tahlequah.
“This ceremony is the historic beginning of a new era in training physicians for our rural communities. These 54 medical students represent the fulfillment of many dreams over many years; to create a medical school in partnership with the largest tribal nation in the heart of Indian Country,” said Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS president and OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine dean.
"The students can attend medical school, complete their residency training, and practice medicine— all right there in Tahlequah under the auspices of both OSU Medicine and the Cherokee Nation. I can't think of a better way to attract and train primary care physicians for rural and underserved Oklahoma."