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The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine was founded in 1900 as a medical department of the University of Oklahoma at its main campus in Norman. Lawrence N. Upjohn, M.D. is regarded as the "founding dean" and served from 1900-1904. In 1910, the school merged with the Epworth College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, and by 1928 all basic science and clinical facilities had been consolidated as the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, where there was a growing urban population and larger hospital facilities could be supported. By the 1960s, the College and its affiliated hospitals had grown into a large, traditional academic medical center. In 1974, a geographically separate, community-based clinical campus was established in Tulsa, Oklahoma, approximately 100 miles northeast.Commonly referred to as the OU College of Medicine, the College is the only allopathic (M.D.) medical school in Oklahoma. The College of Medicine forms the core of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center which also includes the Colleges of Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Allied Health, and Graduate Studies.The College of Medicine has a total of approximately 600 students enrolled in the M.D. degree program. The entering first-year class size was increased from 150 to 162 in 2006. A small portion of each year's entering medical school class is enrolled in a combined M.D./Ph.D. degree program. All medical students spend their first two years at the Oklahoma City campus. At the end of the second year, up to one-quarter of each class may elect to complete their third and fourth years clinical experiences at the Tulsa campus. In addition to medical students, the College has more than 100 graduate students working on doctoral degrees in the biomedical sciences and 152 students enrolled in its physician assistant program.The College sponsors residency and fellowship training in 46 specialities and subspecialties of medicine and has approximately 620 residents/fellows in training.This article is under development and will be extended.
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