150 Years of Excellence

In 1868, five physicians who witnessed the crude medical treatment on Civil War battlefields dedicated themselves to advancing health education and care, and founded the Detroit Medical College in Detroit. Today, the Wayne State University School of Medicine is part of a premier research institution composed of 13 schools and colleges. Nearly 150 years after its establishment, the WSU School of Medicine is still fueled by the passion for its community and dedication to urban clinical excellence. Through social responsiveness and a continuous focus on innovation in education, research and clinical care, the School of Medicine continues to graduate a diverse group of physicians and biomedical scientists who go on to transform the promise of equal health care for all into a reality.

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Wayne State University and the School of Medicine will honor 150 years of excellence in education, research, patient care and service during our sesquicentennial celebration in 2018.  We hope you join us as we celebrate this exciting milestone by participating in events and sharing your Wayne State memories and experiences on social media using #WSU150. 

Additionally, tell us what makes you a Warrior and help future generations of Warrior doctors and biomedical scientists better understand our unique and impressive community.  

Mark your calendars for upcoming SOM signature events:

 

Shiffman Library Sesquicentennial Exhibits

  • Warrior Medicine Impact: Compassion-driven care makes equal health care a reality for all, July 2018

    In celebration of the Wayne State University School of Medicine's 150th anniversary celebration, the Shiffman Medical Library will host "Warrior Medicine Impact: Compassion-driven care makes equal health care a reality for all" throughout the month of July.

    This is the second of three exhibits the School of Medicine will present in 2018 to observe the sesquicentennial anniversary.

    The exhibit will use photography and storytelling to capture the spirit of the school's dedication to community service and urban clinical excellence, made possibly by its students, faculty and staff who volunteer and coordinate a variety of community outreach projects in the city of Detroit and beyond. Examples include Street Medicine Detroit, the Robert R. Frank Student Run Free Clinic (the first of its kind in the state), the Cass Clinic, the Diabetes Education and Wellness Clinic, the Community Homeless Interprofessional Clinic and more.

  • Warrior Medicine Innovators: Discoveries that change lives, October 2018

    In celebration of the Wayne State University School of Medicine's 150th anniversary celebration, the Shiffman Medical Library will host "Warrior Medicine Impact: Discoveries that change lives" throughout the month of October.

    This is the final of three exhibits the School of Medicine will present in 2018 to observe the sesquicentennial anniversary.

    The exhibit will highlight the groundbreaking and impactful research discoveries made by scientists at the School of Medicine since its founding in 1868, including the discovery of the drug AZT as one of the first successful medical treatments for HIV and AIDS; the discovery of a balloon device for angioplasty, the use of a low-cost, patient-applied gel to reduce the risk of premature births, the discovery of zinc's role in the human diet, an algae that can restore vision and more.

 

Be sure to visit our past 150th events page to see images from throughout our sesquicentennial year. 

More information regarding these and other 150 events can be found on the WSU events calendar throughout 2018.