A Century of 'Pioneers and Progress' in Utah Medicine: Conference to Reflect on U Medical School's History

A Century of 'Pioneers and Progress' in Utah Medicine: Conference to Reflect on U Medical School's History

May 17, 2005 6:00 PM

An unprecedented gathering of Utah medical pioneers will convene at the University of Utah on Saturday June 4, 2005. In recognition of the medical schools centennial, the School of Medicine Alumni Associations Conference will kick off the celebration by reflecting on a century of "Pioneers and Progress of Medicine in Utah."

As Dr. Thomas H. Caine, President of the University of Utah School of Medicine Alumni Association mentions, "We have a unique opportunity to hear from some of the most significant individuals who have influenced the course of Medicine in Utah."

John C. Nelson, M.D., president of the American Medical Association and a 1969 U School of Medicine graduate, will discuss "The Untapped Power of the Profession" in a luncheon address. The Salt Lake City obstetrician-gynecologist was inaugurated as the 159th national President of the AMA in June of 2004.

In the 100 years since its founding, the University of Utah, School of Medicine has grown from a two-year program with 18 students to an internationally recognized teaching and research institution. Along that journey, the School of Medicine and the field of medicine in Utah have evolved together--from the schools transition to a four-year curriculum in 1942 to the states first kidney and heart transplants, performed at the U, to the regions first NBICU.

The CME conference takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Huntsman Cancer Institute on June 4, 2005. The fee is $25. To register, contact (801) 581-8591.

Schedule of Events:

--8:15: L. George Veasy, M.D., class of 1946 and professor emeritus of pediatrics, "The History of the School of Medicine in Utah."

--8:45: Elder Russell M. Nelson, M.D., class of 1947 and member of The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "The Beginnings of Open Heart Surgery."

--9:15: James C. Stringham, M.D., class of 1987 and associate professor of surgery, "Recent Developments in Cardiothoracic Surgery."

--9:45: Homer R. Warner, M.D., Ph.D., class of 1949 and professor emeritus of medical informatics, "The Development of the Electronic Medical Record."

--10:30: Lawrence E. Stevens, M.D., class of 1952, "Organ Transplantation: How It Began in Utah."

--11:00: Edward W. Nelson, M.D., class of 1974 and professor of surgery, "Current Status of Organ Transplantation."

--11:30: August L. "Larry" Jung, M.D., class of 1961 and professor of pediatrics, "Neonatology: Past and Present."

--Noon: C. Hilmon Castle, M.D., professor emeritus of family and preventive medicine, "A Century of Progress in Medicine in Utah."

--12:45: Luncheon Speaker. "The Untapped Power of the Profession," John C. Nelson, M.D., class of 1969

--1:30: Tour of the new Health Sciences Education Building.

To schedule an interview with a Utah medical pioneer and conference presenter, please contact Kristin Dean at 585-3818 or Christopher Nelson at 581-7387.

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