Community celebrates medical school’s 50th anniversary
The University of Toledo’s impact on the health of our region and beyond is being widely recognized as we celebrate the golden anniversary of the Medical College of Ohio.
The nation’s 100th medical school was officially created Dec. 18, 1964, when Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes signed legislation establishing the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. It would be difficult to measure the impact of the generations of medical leaders who have since trained on the campus.
The Blade recognized the milestone with a front-page Sunday story featuring the history of the medical school and the efforts of Paul Block, then co-publisher of The Blade and a chemist, to bring it to the region.
The newspaper also covered the 50th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday when some 350 guests, including many former students and professors, reunited to celebrate what is now the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences.
An editorial in Sunday’s paper noted that Mr. Block “would have been proud of the medical college’s growth and accomplishments” and called on the medical school to continue on its path as a world-class institution of learning and research.
Continuing its traditions, 250 new alumni graduated from the medical school on Friday ready to help people through careers in medicine and medical research. Read about the commencement ceremony in The Blade and watch TV coverage from WTOL 11 and13 ABC.
The celebrations continue with WGTE Public Media airing its “Toledo Stories” documentary titled “MCO: A History of Healing and Teaching” 8 p.m. Thursday, June 5.
In other medical news, Dr. Lawrence Elmer, professor of neurology and director of the Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center, was featured in a Plain Dealer article about the Partners In Parkinson’s symposium in Cleveland.
And student medical researchers have the opportunity to share their work with the community through a new guest column in The Blade. Today’s features Jessica Arden sharing her research into trying to curb the spread of glioblastoma cancer cells in the brain.
A great history and future for the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences!
Meghan Cunningham is UT’s media relations specialist. A Michigan native, she is a proud Michigan State University graduate (Go Green!) who is learning to root for a Rockets team with colors a little too similar to that other Michigan school. Meghan traded in her newspaper reporter notebook for a public relations one and will use this space to comment on and critique the work of her former colleagues and fellow reporters (in the most polite way possible) and spread the news of what is going on at UT.
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