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OSU-CHS President Johnny Stephens talks with medical students Rileigh Ricken (left), Shania Do, Alexander Douglas and Jim Enoh.
OSU-CHS President Johnny Stephens talks with medical students Rileigh Ricken (left), Shania Do, Alexander Douglas and Jim Enoh.

OSU-CHS earns top 10 spots in U.S. News and World Report rankings

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Media Contact: Sara Plummer | Communications Coordinator | 918-561-1282 | sara.plummer@okstate.edu

For the second consecutive year, Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has been designated one of the nation’s best medical schools in several "U.S. News and World Report" rankings.

OSU-CHS earned the No. 5 ranking in graduates practicing in rural areas and once again earned the No. 7 spot in health professional shortage areas. 

“Being recognized by 'U.S. News and World Report' as one of the top medical schools in the nation when it comes to our graduates practicing in rural and physician-shortage areas is such a point of pride for myself and our institution. We are fulfilling our mission to care for those in rural and underserved areas and improving the lives of Oklahomans,” said OSU-CHS President Johnny Stephens. “The continued commitment of our incredible faculty and staff along with the dedication and hard work of our students have once again made this possible.” 

Providing health care to rural and underserved populations is the heart of the OSU-CHS mission. 

Placing in the top 5 schools with graduates practicing in rural areas and in the top 10 category of graduates working in health profession shortage areas is especially meaningful.

“At OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, we believe in empowering those living in rural and underserved areas who may have dreams of becoming a doctor or a passion for serving others. Recruiting future physicians from small towns and communities in Oklahoma means there’s a greater chance they return to their hometowns and rural communities to practice medicine where they are needed most ,” said Dr. Dennis Blankenship, interim dean of OSU-COM. 

OSU-COM is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2022. The school, originally the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, was established in March 1972 by the Oklahoma legislature in order to increase the number of primary care physicians in rural communities in Oklahoma. 

Since then, nearly 3,800 students have graduated from the medical school, which became part of the OSU system in 1988.

OSU-CHS also ranked in the top 60 in the areas of diversity and most graduates practicing in primary care.

The 2023 "U.S. News and World Report" rankings are from a survey of 192 accredited allopathic and osteopathic medical schools in the United States, which grant M.D. and D.O. degrees, respectively. This data, along with results from peer assessment surveys, were used to calculate the overall rankings.

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