Past events

We are delighted to continue celebrating 150 years of excellence with you throughout 2018. In the meantime, please take a moment to view some of our past 150th-based events and photo galleries below, and be sure to join us throughout the year at upcoming SOM and campus-wide events.

  • Student Community Impact Day - March 8

    The Class of 2021 presented more than four dozen assigned group projects at the Wayne State University School of Medicine's inaugural M.D. Student Community Impact Day held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 8 in Mazurek Medical Education Classrooms 240 to 308.

    All medical schools in the United States are required by the Association of American Medical Colleges to incorporate service learning into their curriculum in some way, but the School of Medicine takes the requirement several steps further, seeing it as an opportunity to make a real difference in the community through required clinical site volunteering while also bolstering longitudinal mentorship among the four classes, including pairing first-year learning communities with second-year students.

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  • Student Gala - Feb 26

    On the same day as the University's Sesquicentennial kick off, the School of Medicine students celebrated the 150th anniversary at their annual Gala at Detroit's historic Eastern Market, which has been in continuous operation since 1891.  The renovated Shed 5 was a unique ambience with touches of urban class and sophistication.

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  • Shiffman Library Exhibit: African-American History - Feb. 1-28

    Warrior Medicine Turning Points: The extraordinary journey of African-American men and women in Detroit

    In observance of Black History Month, there was an exhibit celebrating the significant contributions of African-Americans to the university's School of Medicine, which was founded in 1868 as the Detroit Medical College and graduated its first African-American student a year later.

    "Warrior Medicine Turning Points: The Extraordinary Journey of African-American Men and Women in Detroit," celebrates the important role of African-Americans in the school's 150-year history. The exhibit was displayed in the library's common areas throughout the month of February.

    The WSU School of Medicine was founded in 1868 by five Civil War veteran physicians. At the same time, the first medical school in the county that was open to all people, Howard University Medical Department, opened in Washington, D.C., under the direction of Civil War veteran and Commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau Gen. Oliver Howard. One year later, in 1869, the Detroit Medical College and Howard University graduated their first African-American physicians.

  • SOM 150th Kickoff - Jan. 19

    The rich history of the Wayne State University School of Medicine was celebrated on Jan. 19 in front of a packed audience of students, faculty and staff at the school's 150th-anniversary kickoff, just one aspect of the evening's festivities – making the annual Ethnic Fair held in the Scott Hall cafeteria a night to remember.

    "It celebrates what we're famous for – the diversity of our student body," said School of Medicine Dean Jack D. Sobel, M.D., greeting the crowd after a performance by The Ultrasounds a cappella group. "The anniversary is worth shouting about – 150 years of caring for the residents of Detroit and southeast Michigan."

    The evening, a tribute to culture and the Warrior Strong spirit, featured a variety of ethnic cuisine, a cake-cutting ceremony with the student senate presidents of the four medical classes, plus Bollywood dancing, Latin ballroom performances, music by Music in Medicine, traditional Friday night Jewish greetings, a group dance of the Hustle led by the Black Medical Association and more.

    The event was co-organized by the Board of Student Organizations, the Office of Student Affairs and the School of Medicine 150th Anniversary Task Force Planning Committee.

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