The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine was founded in 1900 as a medical department of the University of Oklahoma at its main campus in Norman. Lawrence N. Upjohn, M.D. is regarded as the "founding dean" and served from 1900-1904. In 1910, the school merged with the Epworth College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, and by 1928 all basic science and clinical facilities had been consolidated as the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, where there was a growing urban population and larger hospital facilities could be supported.
By the 1960s, the College and its affiliated hospitals had grown into a large, traditional academic medical center. In 1974, a geographically separate, community-based clinical campus was established in Tulsa, approximately 100 miles northeast of the main campus. Commonly referred to as the OU College of Medicine, the College is the only medical school in Oklahoma that grants the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree.
The College of Medicine has approximately 640 students enrolled in the M.D. degree program. The entering first-year class size was increased from 150 to 162 in 2006. A small portion of each year's entering medical school class is enrolled in a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program. All medical students spend their first two years at the Oklahoma City campus. At the end of the second year, up to one-quarter of each class may elect to complete their third and fourth years clinical experiences at the Tulsa community-based campus. In addition to medical students, the College has more than 100 graduate students working on doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences and 152 students enrolled in its physician assistant program.
Medical Services & Centers of Excellence
OU Medicine research, Dr Timothy LyonsImpossible is not in our vocabulary. Waiting for answers is not in our DNA. At OU Medicine, our specialized doctors and nurses solve medicine's toughest challenges.
We've developed areas of excellence so we can go to the lengths necessary to bring the best medicine to you. Medicine that requires the most advanced research and the newest treatments. Medicine that requires an emphasis on going to another level for our patients. All so that we can give you an added measure of hope for a successful recovery.
Affiliated Health Services
There are a variety of health-related services and resources that compliment the mission and purpose of OU Medicine. Browse these pages to discover the benefits available to you.
OU Health Sciences Center
Home to OU Medical Center, The Children's Hospital, OU College of Medicine and several OU Physicians clinics, it is one of the most comprehensive academic health centers in the nation.
Oklahoma City VA Medical Center
The Oklahoma City VA Medical Center provides medical care to eligible veterans and also serves as a teaching hospital for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
Children's Hospital Foundation
The Children's Hospital Foundation strives to improve the health of children through its support of research and education.
Dean McGee Eye Institute
The Dean McGee Eye Institute is home to the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Oklahoma and conducts training programs for medical students, residents, and clinical fellows.
Presbyterian Health Foundation
The Presbyterian Health Foundation supports basic and clinical biomedical research and is a leader in bioscience technology.
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) is an independent, biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human disease.
Affiliated Non-Profit Group
There are numerous non-profit groups that support the mission of OU Medicine. Click here to view a listing of volunteer services and researchers.
About the College of Medicine
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The College of Medicine is the largest component of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is at the center of OU Medicine. OU Medicine is the partnership among the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, the OU Medical Center including The Children's Hospital, OU Physicians, and the University Hospitals Authority and Trust and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Our mission is leading health care - in education, research and patient care. Our goals are Uncompromising Quality, Exceptional Service, Innovative Education, Advancing Knowledge, and Institutional Strength.
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