Reunion! Aug. 1-3: Alumni reunion at Sandia Resort and Casino, honoring all School of Medicine classes for the past 50 years.

Aug. 1: The Basic Medical Science Building will be dedicated as Reginald Heber Fitz Hall in honor of of the first dean of the School of Medicine.

Sept. 26: Join us for an Open House and walking tour of the HSC Campus.

School of Medicine kicks off 50th celebration

Luke Frank | HSC Newsbeat

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is marking its first 50 years, celebrating the visionaries who cobbled together $25,000 dollars, a former soda bottling plant and an abandoned mortuary to launch a badly needed medical school in 1964.

A "founders dinner" kicked off the year-long celebration on July 24, honoring a pioneering group of medical and health leaders from UNM, the New Mexico Medical Society and state government who, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, realized New Mexico needed its own medical school to train physicians and provide health care for the state's growing population.

The first class was comprised of 24 students, led by 36 faculty members in a two-year Basic Science in Medicine Program. The school's six original academic departments included biochemistry, internal medicine, molecular biology, pathology, psychiatry and surgery. Read more.

Nominees for Gold-Headed Cane Award

The Office of Academic Affairs is seeking nominations of School of Medicine Faculty for the Gold-Headed Cane Award, recognizing faculty showing exceptional accomplishments in academics, ethics and professionalism, and/or community service or advocacy. Faculty may be nominated by peers or themselves. Please submit all nominations to the Office of Academic Affairs, MSC08 4730, no later than August 15 to jahiyite@salud.unm.edu. Read more.

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Book

In honor of its 50th anniversary, the UNM School of Medicine has commissioned a commemorative history, The Daily Practice of Compassion: A History of The University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Its People and Its Mission 1964-2014. Learn more, or pre-order your copy online now at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

"America's Best Graduate Schools"

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine (SOM) ranks second in the nation for its Rural Medicine Program in the upcoming issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for 2015. The SOM has maintained this national ranking since 1996, underscoring UNM’s commitment to programs that serve New Mexico’s rural communities. Read more (HSC NewsBeat).

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