UK College of Medicine Celebrates 50 Years
On October 15, we held our College of Medicine 50th
Anniversary signature event at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. What can I
say, it's been a great 50 years. It was wonderful to see all of the
people who represent the college of medicine including those from the
past, present and future. College of medicine alumni represented the
past, current medical students represented the present and elementary
school students from Fayette County represented the future. It was a
great evening venturing through the rooms that highlighted each decade
of the college of medicine with themed music and food. Then of course
the signature cake. Charm City Cakes baked the cake that was so
anticipated. The design that won the voting contest was
finally unveiled- see below.
Highlighted in the UK news release, my good friend and Interim Dean,
Dr. Emery A. Wilson said, "Over the past half century, the University of
Kentucky College of Medicine has been reaching beyond as the state's
flagship medical school to educate the best physicians and researchers,
provide patient care across the Commonwealth and conduct breakthrough
biomedical research. This year-long celebration is the perfect way to
honor the College's rich history and prepare for an even more promising
It has been so interesting to read
about the history of the college of medicine and how it has evolved over
the years. More than 50 years ago, ground was broken for the University
of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Medical Center. The university and
academic medical center immediately became a cornerstone for educating
top physicians, providing outstanding health care, and conducting
breakthrough medical research. When the UK College of Medicine first
opened its doors, it received more than 400 applications and admitted
its first class of 40 students, including 39 men and 1 woman; 33 were
Kentuckians, the other seven represented five different states. In 2010,
the College admitted 113 students after receiving 2,026 applications.
The entering class of 2010 included 48 women and 67 men. Two foreign
countries, 15 other states, and 35 Kentucky counties were represented,
with 45 students being from rural areas.
have more than 9,000 alumni, including medical students, graduate
research students and house staff, practicing in all 50 states and
several countries around the world. In total, 2,730 alumni are currently
practicing across the Commonwealth, generating $6.3 billion annually
into Kentucky's economy, according to UK's Office of Health Research and
Development. I look forward to the many research breakthroughs and
innovations that the UK college of medicine has in store.
Congratulations on 50 years of excellence!
For more information see the following news release from UK Public Relations: http://uknow.uky.edu/node/12681.
During Dean Wilson's opening remarks, members of the College's "past"
(alumni from the Class of 1964), "present" (current medical student
leadership) and "future" (elementary school children from Fayette
County) were presented to the crowd.
After months of votes from faculty, staff and students, the winning
cake - baked by Charm City Cakes - was unveiled to the crowd. The
College's three missions - education, research and clinical service -
were represented on the cake along with several other symbols closely
related to health care.
"Present" and "future" medical students mingled backstage prior to the start of the event.
A captivated audience of more than 600 people gathered in Keeneland's Sale Pavilion Arena as the 50th Anniversary Signature Event commenced.
Various "decade stations" were scattered throughout the venue. Each
station was uniquely themed with food, drinks and music from that
particular era in time.