Officials at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have announced plans for a year-long celebration in recognition of the school's 200 years of medical education, research, clinical care and community service. Events will begin in January 2007 to celebrate the School of Medicine’s “Enduring Power of Leadership.”
When the University of Maryland School of Medicine was founded in 1807, yellow fever plagued Baltimore’s harbor and the kitchen knife was a common surgical instrument. Today, the School of Medicine is a top-tier academic medical institution known for its innovative curriculum and its research enterprise. It also educates and trains more than half of Maryland’s practicing physicians and is a strong economic force in the state.
Plans for the bicentennial were outlined today at a news conference by E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., who in September became the school’s 30th dean.
“It is an honor to preside over events surrounding this renowned medical school,” said Dr. Reece, who is also vice president of medical affairs for the University of Maryland. "Many people in Maryland and the United States are not aware that ours is the oldest public medical school in the nation, and that only four other medical schools in the United States are older. We want everyone in the state to feel a sense of pride about the outstanding physicians and allied health professionals we train, the groundbreaking research we perform, the clinical care our physicians provide and the hundreds of hours of community outreach provided by our faculty, staff and students," Reece continued.
The School of Medicine has 2,600 faculty members and 1,350 full-time staff. More than 1,200 students are studying to become physicians, biomedical researchers, physical therapists, geneticists and public health specialists. Current research awards exceed $350 million, and the School of Medicine is ranked 9th among the 76 public medical schools in the United States in total research funding, with $164 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health. Private sources of funding include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
"Our events offer something for everyone, including a special version of our popular Mini-Med School program just for children," says Jennifer B. Litchman, M.A., assistant dean for public affairs. "We will celebrate our accomplishments with pride, and we invite everyone to celebrate with us."
Bicentennial events will include:
For more information on the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s
bicentennial celebration, please call the bicentennial hotline at (410) 706-2007
or visit www.sombicentennial.umaryland.edu.
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