Cherokee Nation, OSU to celebrate medical school’s topping out

BY STAFF REPORTS
11/22/2019 04:30 PM
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An artist’s rendering of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah. CN officials will host a topping out ceremony on Nov. 25 at 19500 East Ross St. as the final beam is placed. COURTESY
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Cherokee Nation officials will hoist the final beam of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation into place on Nov. 25 in Tahlequah. COURTESY
TAHLEQUAH – Cherokee Nation officials will hoist the final beam of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation into place at 11 a.m. on Nov. 25.

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation is the first tribally affiliated medical school on tribal land in the country. The medical school, with the first class of 50 students to start in August, 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 at 19500 East Ross St. on the W. W. Hastings Hospital campus in Tahlequah, the CN capital. 


The first five admitted students will attend the topping out 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.

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