For Immediate Release
October 23, 2013
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Glenda Silvey, (918) 660-3317 or (918) 770-2407
TULSA, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents today approved going forward to the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) to seek accreditation for the new Tulsa School of Community Medicine, a joint effort between OU and The University of Tulsa.
One hundred and sixty million dollars has been raised by private donors to fund the new school. If the school receives accreditation approval next year, the school could begin receiving first year medical students in 2015.
The program will be developed around the concept of a School of Community Medicine with emphasis on helping those most in need of medical care. The curriculum, designed and supported by TU and OU faculty, will focus on priorities such as improving the health of entire communities; improvement in public health disparities; recruitment of students with altruistic goals; health systems improvement and interdisciplinary work.
“The step to seek accreditation for the Tulsa School of Community Medicine taken today marks a significant milestone in the OU - TU partnership, and follows many years of diligent collaborative work,” said University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham, Ph.D. “I salute my partners, President David Boren and Dr. Gerry Clancy, for their steadfast commitment to this project. The TU - OU collaboration is a unique public-private partnership based on a shared vision of improving healthcare services in our great state by producing more highly trained doctors. We are especially grateful to our generous funding partners for supporting our vision and for helping us create this new medical school in Tulsa.”
“OU is extremely excited to be working with TU to expand medical education in the Tulsa area and northeastern Oklahoma,” said OU President David Boren. “We are very optimistic about the chances for accreditation and should have a full four-year medical school operating with more than 100 students by 2016.”
“With Oklahoma facing a shortage of physicians, it is extremely important we continue to make progress in the field of medical education by expanding the number of medical students and residencies in our state. Dr. Steadman Upham and the trustees from The University of Tulsa have been great partners in this effort. It has been a pleasure to work hand in hand with such a fine University.”