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UT Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Medical CollegeThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the Medical College of Ohio. Now The University of Toledo Health Sciences Campus, the academic health science center at Arlington and Glendale Avenues has gone by a number of names through the years but was known as Medical College of Ohio (MCO) for the longest.
“The (changing) names reflect an institution that has successfully evolved to stay ahead of the curve in health science teaching and research as well as the delivery of exceptional health care,” noted Dr. William McMillen, former provost and Anniversary Celebration committee chair.
The 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to remember an important time in the history of medical schools in the state of Ohio and to acknowledge those who worked to ensure that Toledo was the home for MCO.
“It would be hard to estimate how many people—not just from Toledo but throughout America and the world—have had their lives changed for the better because of MCO,” Dr. McMillen said.
The anniversary celebration began with a kick-off in November and will continue through 2014. An anniversary event is set for Saturday, May 31. The event, by invitation, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, formerly The Hotel at The UT Medical Center.
A website has been created to share information about anniversary events and celebrations. The site also provides a history of the college, a photo gallery, and an opportunity for readers to share their own memories.
The creation of a new medical school in Toledo in December of 1964 by the State of Ohio was an academic and economic boon to the city and the region, as well as a significant event for medicine and health care in America.
Between 1910 and 1950, only 10 new medical schools were created nationally, and the post-WWII baby boom produced a growing population in need of medical care. By the end of the 1950s, the shortage of physicians was becoming critical.
The citizens of northwest Ohio joined with key political figures and community leaders, including Paul Block, Jr., co-publisher of The Toledo Blade, to document a need for a new medical school in Ohio and demonstrate that Toledo would be the ideal location.
The Toledo State College of Medicine, as it was originally named, was the fourth medical school in Ohio and the 100th in the country.
The Medical College of Ohio was known for its new ideas and progressive attitude, including the concept of unified health education, research, and care was embraced. New schools of nursing and allied health were almost immediately established, and health care research was emphasized.
“During the last 50 years, this exceptional medical school in Toledo has trained generations of leaders within the medical community, many of whom have stayed in the region improving the quality of life for countless people,” said Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, president of The University of Toledo.
“I often talk about improving the prosperity, longevity, personal fulfillment and good health of our community,” said Dr. Jacobs, “and one of the key ways the University does that is through a high quality College of Medicine and academic medical center.”