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by Bill John Baker and Dr. Kayse Shrum

There is a critical need for more doctors in rural Oklahoma and on tribal lands. Thankfully, there is now a unique solution that will lead the nation in innovation and scope. For the first time in U.S. history, a Native American tribe is partnering with a top-ranked medical school to create the nation’s first tribally affiliated medical school.

The Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation is set to open in 2020 in Tahlequah. The new medical school will be accredited by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation as an additional location of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa.

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