In October 2010, Yale School of Medicine turned 200 years old.
The school, now one of the world’s leading institutions for biomedical research, education, and advanced clinical care, was established at a time when most physicians received little if any institutional education but gained their knowledge and skills through apprenticeship. Medicine was not the scientific endeavor it is today, and a physician’s tools for treating illnesses were few.
The founding of the Medical Institution of Yale College in 1810 was an early step toward the creation of a scientific foundation for modern medicine and the great advances in patient care that were to come, particularly during the 20th century.
During the observance of the Bicentennial throughout the 2010–2011 academic year, the school celebrated its past, present, and future with a variety of activities, including the publication of a commemorative book, creation of a documentary film, a community celebration, a symphony concert, a special reunion program, and a symposium bringing 15 of the world’s preeminent biomedical scientists and scholars to New Haven.
In celebration of the School of Medicine's 200th year, 15 of the world's most eminent scientists, clinicians, and scholars gathered on campus April 28 and 29. The two days of lectures addressed the critical issues in health and science that face society as the School of Medicine—the nation’s sixth medical school—entered its third century.