TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation will hoist the final beam of the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cherokee Nation into place at 11 a.m. Monday, at 19500 E. Ross St.

The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation is the first tribally affiliated medical school on tribal land in the country. The new medical school, with the first class of 50 students to start in August of 2020, will focus on educating primary care physicians who have an interest in serving Native and rural populations in Oklahoma.

The $40 million facility will be located on the W.W. Hastings campus in Tahlequah, in the capital of the Cherokee Nation.

The first five admitted students will attend Monday’s ceremony.

The 84,000-square-foot medical center will feature neuro and gross anatomy labs, ER simulation, medical surgery, pediatrics simulation, virtual reality simulation, three lecture halls and faculty areas.

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