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Historic ceremony marks opening of first tribally-affiliated medical school

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Posted at 6:06 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 19:06:27-04

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Oklahoma State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation is making history.

The college's white coat ceremony Friday, featuring 54 first-year medical students, marked the official opening of the nation's first tribally-affiliated medical school.

In October 2018, OSU Medicine and the Cherokee Nation announced the nation's first college of medicine to be on a tribal health facility campus in Tahlequah.

Today we celebrate a momentous milestone and a historic moment for the Cherokee Nation, for our friends at Oklahoma State University, and for our first class of 54 students who are officially entering the medical profession. As we mark the official opening of the first tribally-affiliated medical school in the United States, we know that we will one day look back on this day and what will matter most is whether our efforts have changed lives for the better. I believe that this partnership will advance quality health care for all by allowing us to teach a new generation of medical professionals to serve our communities for years to come. I wish each and every student the best as they begin this journey. They have our full support.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr.

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