Wayne State University School of Medicine celebrates 150 years of clinical excellence and community outreach in the heart of Detroit

Tickets on sale now for Sept. 22 Sesquicentennial Celebration Gala

In 1868, five physicians who took to heart the crude medical treatment they witnessed on Civil War battlefields banded together to dedicate 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 Wayne State University, a premier research institution composed of 12 additional schools and colleges in Detroit.

Nearly 150 years after its establishment, the WSU School of Medicine is still fueled by 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 access to equal health care for all into a reality.

We are celebrating this milestone throughout 2018 with several signature events, including special library exhibits and a research symposium.

Tickets are now on sale for what’s expected to be the star event of the yearlong celebration -- the Sesquicentennial Celebration Gala, set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at MGM Grand Detroit.

Visit the gala website for more details on the event, or purchase tickets directly at

All are welcome to join us at the black tie gala. The Sesquicentennial Celebration Gala is an evening devoted to the reflection and recognition of the Wayne State University School of Medicine and our dedication to the city of Detroit. Proceeds from the gala will support the many student organizations that work to address health disparities and enhance health equity.

We will also honor distinguished alumni and community members for the 2018 Ambassador, Trailblazer and Distinguished Community Service awards at the event.

For questions regarding the Sesquicentennial Gala, contact Caryn Volpe at or call 313-577-0358.

Other significant moments in Wayne State's history are shared on the university's Sesquicentennial website, which also includes details about the school's medical beginnings. Founded 150 years ago, the Wayne State University School of Medicine educates more than 1,000 medical students annually in Midtown Detroit. In addition to undergraduate medical education, the school offers master's degree, Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in 14 areas of basic science to about 400 students annually.

Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering nearly 350 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to more than 27,000 students.


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