About the School of Medicine
Like most good stories, the story of academic medicine in Utah has a humble beginning.
In 1905, the University of Utah established a two-year medical school. It was a modest accomplishment fueled by an ambitious vision that met with improbable success. The medical school became a four-year program, and noteworthy faculty members were somehow recruited away from such prominent institutions as Stanford, Harvard, and Johns Hopkins. By June 1952, an article in Newsweek magazine praised the U's medical school as "The Johns Hopkins of the West."
One critical piece of the vision was still missing, however - a companion hospital.
A hospital "that would not be palatial or fancy, but which would facilitate carrying on the highest grade of scientifi c work, which by the quality and reputation of its clinical work would attract patients from the whole Mountain Region irrespective of their economic status, and which would have such a standing in the community that the best physicians and surgeons of the city would aspire to its visiting staff."
Phillip B. Price, M.D., joined the U of U faculty as head of surgery in 1943 and later became dean of the medical school. He persuaded the U's Board of Regents to approve a $10 million medical center in 1956.
In 1965, Dr. Price's vision was realized. The University of Utah Medical Center opened its doors. It was a gift of health to the entire Intermountain Region.
Over the past 45 years, University Hospital has continued to strategically expand with a singular goal in mind: To best meet the health care needs of a growing community.
Message from Leadership
Dr. Vivian LeeThank you for your interest in the University of Utah School of Medicine. From our website you can access information that will be helpful as you investigate where you would like to pursue your medical education, basic science degree program or academic career.
The School of Medicine houses 16 clinical departments and 6 basic science departments. The faculty and staff in each of these departments are dedicated to fulfilling all of the school's missions. Outstanding clinicians, scientists, and educators work together to provide the highest quality medical education in a stimulating, enriching, and enjoyable environment.
Our curriculum is solid and forward-looking, replicating the environment physicians will face in practice, and our physical plant is growing rapidly, with a substantial number of building projects either under way or on the drawing board.
The Dean's Office is committed to the success of each of our students. The support services provided by the office are detailed on this website and can be reached by selecting the appropriate link. You can also link to information about individual departments and resources.
I invite you to acquaint yourself with all the University of Utah School of Medicine has to offer, and encourage you to contact me with any questions you may have.
Thank you for your interest in The University of Utah School of Medicine.
Education and Training
With a new curriculum, one of the most modern teaching facilities in the country, and world-class researchers, the University of Utah School of Medicine is one of the nation's most competitive physician training programs. In addition, the school's master's and doctorate programs rank among the best in the country, giving students exposure to some of the nation's leading clinicians and researchers.
Office of Inclusion and Outreach
Welcome to the Office of Incluson and Outreach website. Here, you will find information on the various outreach programs we provide to pre-K-12 grade students, undergraduates, graduates, and medical students. Our website is continually being updated. If you have suggestions or comments about how to improve our website, please click on the button below. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated.
From Nobel laureate Mario Capecchi's landmark work in gene targeting to pioneering investigations in areas as diverse as neural interfaces and using stem cells to regenerate healthy tissue in diseased hearts, the University of Utah School of Medicine is internationally regarded for its innovative basic science and biomedical research. With almost $160 million in annual research funding, the School of Medicine also has earned a well-deserved reputation among physicians and scientists as a place where faculty and students can pursue creative and novel ideas in a collaborative and supportive environment.
National Anthem at the 2012 University of Utah School of Medicine Graduation
A nice duet of the national anthem sung by graduates at the 2012 University of Utah School of Medicine graduation (it sounded better in person)
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