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Medical News & Perspectives
April 14, 2021

A Partnership With the Cherokee Nation Advances Medical Education on Tribal Land

JAMA. 2021;325(17):1709-1710. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.1461

Last summer, 54 students donned white coats as the inaugural class of the Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation. Located at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in the Cherokee Nation capital of Tahlequah, it’s the first US medical school on tribal land.

Through a partnership between OSU and the sovereign tribal government, the school is situated on the campus of the Cherokee Nation’s W. W. Hastings Hospital. Its goal is overcoming 2 threats to the health of many Oklahomans: a severe deficit of American Indian physicians and rural physician shortages.

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