Cherokee Nation, OSU to Celebrate Topping Out of New Medical School

Published November 22, 2019

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation will hoist the final beam of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation into place on Monday.

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation is the first tribally affiliated medical school on tribal land in the country. The new medical school, with the first class of 50 students to start in August of 2020, will focus on educating primary care physicians who have an interest in serving Native and rural populations in Oklahoma.

The $40 million facility will be located on the W. W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah, in the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

The first five admitted students will attend Monday’s ceremony.

The 84,000 square-foot medical center will feature neuro and gross anatomy labs, ER simulation, medical surgery, pediatrics simulation, virtual reality simulation, three lecture halls and faculty areas

WHAT:          Topping out ceremony for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation

WHEN:          Monday, November 25

11 a.m.

WHERE:       OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation

19500 East Ross St.


WHO:            Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Deputy Chief Bryan Warner

Council of the Cherokee Nation Speaker Joe Byrd

President of OSU Center for Health Sciences Dr. Kayse Shrum

Executive Chairman of Cherokee Nation Businesses Bill John Baker

Dean of OSUCOM at the Cherokee Nation Dr. William Pettit.

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