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Educational Tracks

The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine offers students two different educational tracks (i.e., paths) that lead to the Doctor of Medicine Degree: the OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City and  the OU School of Community Medicine (OUSCM) in Tulsa. Both Tracks provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to serve as a well-rounded physician. Each track offers unique opportunities as indicated below.

Highlights of the OU College of Medicine, Oklahoma City Track

Degrees offered: MD, MD/PhD

Comprehensive Academic Health Center. The Oklahoma City campus includes seven professional colleges and is part of the Oklahoma Health Center, a 200-acre complex that includes OU Medical Center, VA Medical Center, Dean McGee Eye Institute, The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, Stephenson Cancer Center, University Research Park, and Oklahoma’s only Level One Trauma Center.

152 students per class creates an enriching environment with students from a wide range of different educational backgrounds and experiences.












Specialty experience is easily accessible with the opportunity to interact with a broad range of residency programs including 53 ACGME accredited specialty and sub-specialty programs with 571 residents and fellows in training.

The Oklahoma City Campus has 884 faculty members in 18 Clinical Departments and 4 Basic Sciences Departments along with multiple centers and institutes.

Teaching, healing and discovering through research opportunities in clinical, translational, and basic science are easily accessible on the Oklahoma City Campus.

Medical Student Research Electives are offered in practice-based research and clinical decision-making by the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine.

The MD/PhD dual degree program provides training for individuals with strong clinical and basic science interests for research careers in academic medicine. All MD/PhD students receive a stipend plus full tuition throughout their training.

The Community Health Alliance was created by medical students and provides an opportunity for students to serve the health care needs of the uninsured and under-served.

Highlights of the School of Community Medicine, Tulsa Track

Degrees offered: MD, MD/MPH

Community Setting. The School of Community Medicine utilizes large community hospitals, OU physicians clinics, and community physicians for training students and residents for primary care and sub-specialties in medicine and surgery.

Only 30-35 students per class creates a tight-knit student community, small rotation teams and individual attention from both academic and community faculty.

The concepts of community medicine are woven into all learning and environments at the School of Community Medicine. For example, the Summer Institute brings students and faculty from many disciplines together for an immersion in community medicine.

Public Health Education is available for all School of Community Medicine Track medical students. Students have the option of completing a certificate in public health or taking an extra year to complete a MPH degree. Public health course tuition is funded through generous philanthropic support.

Community-Based Research. Students can participate in research while tackling tough problems and creating solutions to improve the health of entire communities.

Focus on improving health disparities in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the US in both urban and rural settings. The health status of Oklahoma is remarkably low and huge health disparities exist in our state. The School of Community Medicine is addressing these issues aggressively involving students, staff, residents and faculty.

Bedlam Clinics. Bedlam E-Free, student-led, evening walk-in clinic; provides care to the uninsured. Bedlam L-Free, student-led, longitudinal chronic care clinic where each medical student manages their own panel of patients with multiple chronic diseases.