U of U School of Medicine Celebrates 'A Century of Brilliance'

U of U School of Medicine Celebrates 'A Century of Brilliance'

Oct 10, 2005 6:00 PM

The story of today's internationally recognized University of Utah School of Medicine had humble beginnings in 1905 when a two-year medical course was offered for the first time at the U of U. Some 14 students, all of whom became physicians, enrolled in the basic medical science courses, which were offered through the biology department.

One hundred years later, medical school alumni, faculty, and guests will celebrate "A Century of Brilliance" on Friday, Oct. 14, at the School of Medicine's 100th anniversary gala.

"The centennial year and celebration give us the blessing of reflection and resultant gratitude to the many who have made our pathway through life more adventurous and fulfilling," said centennial committee chairJames L. Parkin, M.D., Class of 1966 and chair emeritus of the Department of Surgery. "Hopefully it will increase our resolve to give back and help provide opportunities for current and future generations," Parkin said.

Former U of U President Chase N. Peterson, M.D., professor of family and preventive medicine, will participate in a program honoring the school's missions of education, research, and patient care. He will be joined by Lynn B. Jorde, Ph.D., professor of human genetics, Eccles Institute of Human Genetics, Susan E. Mango, Ph.D., associate professor of oncological sciences, Huntsman Cancer Institute, and Jeffrey R. Saffle, M.D., professor of surgery and director of University Health Care's Burn Unit.

Prior to the dinner and program, 21 distinguished professors, physicians, and researchers from the past and present will host receptions for various medical specialties to allow former and current colleagues to meet.

Those in attendance will receive a DVD produced specially for the occasion that highlights the school's history.

A Web site, uuhsc.utah.edu/som100, has been created for 100-year anniversary featuring milestones, a historical photo gallery, and submitted memories and photos from those associated with the School of Medicine.

Contacts:

John Edwards, Centennial Committee

801-581-4087

Jason Burgess, Health Sciences Public Affairs

801-581-7387

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