Please join Dean Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA, in celebrating the founding of the College of Medicine – Tucson at this year’s Founders Day Lecture on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at NOON. The Founders Day lectureship was established in 1979 and is an occasion when we pause to honor the individuals whose scientific contributions allow the College of Medicine – Tucson to pursue its mission and fulfill its vision. The day is named in recognition of all those people, past and present, who have participated in the establishment and growth of the college. Each year, faculty and staff nominate a peer who embodies a model of an investigator whose research has a continuous thread of significance and who can effectively present that research with enthusiasm, vigor and inspiration. This year’s honoree is Marvin Slepian, MD.
The Origin of Founders Day
The foundation for excellence in teaching, research, service and patient care, on behalf of the people of Arizona, was established when The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson was dedicated on November 17, 1967.
Ceremonies before 1,500 guests celebrated nearly a decade of effort by Arizonans to build a medical school. The Basic Sciences Building opened in September 1967, just one day before the first group of 32 medical students began classes. Four years later, the Clinical Sciences Building and the University Hospital (known today as Banner - University Medical Center) were completed.
The date of the lecture coincides with the dedication of the College.
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