University of Oklahoma College of Medicine


Established in 1900 the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine combined with Epworth Medical College in 1910. The College of Medicine is one of 7 colleges belonging to the Health Sciences Center. The other schools are the colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Allied Health, and the Graduate College. The College of Medicine offers programs in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. In Oklahoma City it is situated on the 200-acre Oklahoma Health Center.


4-year. First and second years: Each of these years is 36 weeks. The program provides an integrated overview of the basic sciences and is accented by clinical correlation demonstrations. Patient contact begins in the first year in a wide variety of settings, including physicians’ private offices. Interdepartmental courses in clinical medicine are offered. Third and fourth years: These make up a 23monthcontinuum;10monthsinthethirdyeararedevoted to required clerkships in major clinical specialties; 5 months in the fourth year are devoted to required internships in major clinical specialties. Six months must be utilized for elective coursework.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The university seeks to identify and recruit underrepresented minorities, and applicants from this group or candidates with a disadvantaged background are encouraged to apply. Other degree programs: The university offers an MD-PhD degree.


Requirements include 3 semesters of English; 1 semester of general zoology with lab; 1 semester (any one) of cell biology, histology, embryology, genetics, or comparative anatomy; 3 semesters (any combination) of anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, humanities, or foreign language; 2 semesters of physics; 2 semesters of general chemistry; and 2 semesters of organic chemistry. Strong preference is given to residents. Nonresidents can make up no more than 15% of each class. Acceptance is based on the applicant’s GPA, MCAT scores, recommendations, and interview. Emphasis is placed on health care experience, maturity, commitment, and community service. Transfer and advanced standing: Applicants from other medical schools may be admitted with advanced standing.


The letter grading system is used. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (D or better in courses of fewer than 30 clock hours). Students are required to take and pass Step 1 of the USMLE prior to beginning third-year clinical rotations. Step 2 must be taken to record a score. Teaching: The college is located on the university’s Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses. Basic sciences are taught in Oklahoma City. Clinical teaching takes place at 5 hospitals and numerous clinics located on campus and at 14 affiliated hospitals. In the beginning of the third year, 25% of the class may transfer to the Tulsa campus. Library: The Health Sciences Library in Oklahoma City contains more than 156,000 books, journals, and audiovisual material. Housing: The Oklahoma campus has 86 units.

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