May 14, 2003

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OSU makes nation's list of best medical schools

US News

A jury of its peers has named the Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine, for the third year in a row, one of the best medical schools in the nation for primary care and rural medicine. The exclusive top rankings are from the recently released U.S. News & World Report 2004 Best Graduate Schools guide.

OSU placed in the top 30 out of 144 medical schools in America for primary care and 14th in the nation for its growing rural medicine program. Rankings are based on the survey's peer assessment data.

"The continued national recognition of OSU's medical school, the only such ranking in the state, is an important element in OSU's determination to address Oklahoma health care challenges, particularly in rural areas," says Dr. David J. Schmidly, OSU President and CEO of the OSU system.

Providing physicians to rural Oklahoma is one of the College's missions. More than 75 percent of graduates enter primary care. Half of all graduates remain in Oklahoma, with nearly 30 percent in communities of less than 10,000 residents.

The osteopathic medical school is located in Tulsa and is part of the recently designated OSU Center for Health Sciences, the umbrella organization for all university health-related programs in Tulsa, including graduate programs in biomedical sciences and forensic sciences.

To date, 1,817 physicians have graduated from OSU with 82 additional students to earn their doctor of osteopathic medicine degree this May.

U.S. News has been ranking America's best graduate schools since 1990.

Story Contact: Natalea Watkins, 405.744.6260