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Nikki Eagle Road, of Talihina, recently received her white coat during a special ceremony for first-year medical students at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

Eagle Road was one of 115 students in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine honored during the annual White Coat Ceremony on Aug. 4. The ceremony emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and focuses on the true meaning of the science of medicine. Student doctors also recited the Osteopathic Medicine Oath of Commitment, symbolizing their entrance into the profession.

A 2006 graduate of Talihina High School, Eagle Road is the daughter of Billy and Teresa Eagle Road, of Talihina, and the granddaughter of Velma Angel, of Talihina, and Celestine Eagle Road, of Hugo. She received her undergraduate degree microbiology and Native American studies from the University of Oklahoma in 2012.

OSU Center for Health Sciences educates and trains osteopathic physicians, research scientists and other health care professionals, with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU-CHS also offers graduate programs in biomedical sciences, forensic sciences and health care administration.