Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

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Oklahoma State University
Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University logo.svg
PresidentKayse M. Shrum
ProvostWilliam Pettit
Academic staff
95 (full time)
611 (part time)[1]
Location, ,
36°08′17″N 96°00′22″W / 36.138°N 96.006°W / 36.138; -96.006Coordinates: 36°08′17″N 96°00′22″W / 36.138°N 96.006°W / 36.138; -96.006
CampusMetropolitan, 16 acres[2]
ColorsOrange and Black
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Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences (OSU-CHS) is located in Tulsa, in the U.S. state of Oklahoma and is part of the Oklahoma State University System. OSU-CHS was founded in 1972 as the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. In 1988, Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery merged into the OSU System and embraced a new name – the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1997, OSU-CHS was established as an academic health center to extend OSU’s reach and expand OSU’s capabilities in the health sciences. Today, OSU-CHS is a premier academic health center comprising the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Biomedical Sciences, the School of Forensic Sciences, the School of Healthcare Administration and the School of Allied Health. OSU-CHS educates osteopathic physicians, scientists, allied health professionals and health care administrators for Oklahoma with an emphasis on serving rural and underserved Oklahoma. OSU-CHS offers graduate and professional degrees with over 1,000 students enrolled in academic programs. OSU-CHS also operates an extensive clinic system in Tulsa, employing over 90 full-time clinicians. Through their teaching hospital and network of clinics, OSU-CHS is a major provider of health care in Oklahoma.[3]

In 2013, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences 84th nationally in the field of primary care.[1]


OSU-CHS educates and trains osteopathic physicians, research scientists, and other health care professionals with emphasis on serving rural and underserved Oklahoma.[4]


In the spring of 2006, the College of Osteopathic Medicine signed an academic affiliation agreement with Tulsa Regional Medical Center to create a permanent teaching hospital for Oklahoma State students. As of November 2, 2006, Tulsa Regional Medical Center was rechristened as the Oklahoma State University Medical Center, as per the terms of the 50-year agreement. Oklahoma legislators appropriated $40 million in funding towards improving the hospital's technology and facilities. Among the expected improvements are an expansion of the intensive care unit and renovations to the women's health and neonatal intensive care unit programs. OSU Medical Center is the largest osteopathic teaching center in the United States, training 165 resident physicians in primary and sub-specialty care each year.[5]

The Center for Health Sciences gained notoriety in recent years for its efforts in researching the mysterious and controversial condition known as Morgellons, for which there is no known etiology or treatment.[6]

Dr. Edward Goljan is the most well-known faculty member at the school. He is the professor and chair of pathology, and is nationally recognized as an expert educator in medical board exam preparation.[7] Dr. Goljan is author of the popular "Rapid Review" book for pathology,[8] and audio files of his lectures are used by medical students around the country.


The first and second years of medical school at OSU focus on the basic sciences, and are primarily classroom based. Courses include biochemistry, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

The third and fourth years of medical training are clinically oriented, consisting of clinical clerkships, where students rotate through various specialties of medicine. These rotations, which provide opportunities for students to develop clinical skills, include: internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, OB/GYN, pediatrics, psychiatry, and osteopathic manipulative medicine.

Osteopathic medical students at OSU may choose to complete an additional degree to the DO degree. Combined degree programs include: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Public Health (MPH).


OSU-CHS is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Julie Ledgerwood, DO-chief of clinical trials program at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Vaccine Research Center


  1. ^ a b "Oklahoma State University". US News & World Report. 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  3. ^ "About OSU Center for Health Sciences - Oklahoma State University". health.okstate.edu. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  4. ^ "OSU-CHS Mission & Vision". Oklahoma State University. Retrieved 7 April 2012.
  5. ^ Carlo J. DiMarco (January 2009). "Saving OGME in Oklahoma" (PDF). The DO. Retrieved June 10, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "OSU HSC Morgellons Disease"
  7. ^ "Faculty and Staff". Oklahoma State University. 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Edward Goljan, MD". Elsevier. 2012. Archived from the original on November 25, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  9. ^ "Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). Commission on Osteopathic Colleges Accreditation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 September 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2012.