YSM Bicentennial

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.

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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.

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Yale School of Medicine Bicentennial Symposium: Biomedicine in the New Century

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.

Bicentennial Voices: Crossing the Color and Gender Divide

Bicentennial Voices: Crossing the Color and Gender Divide

Beatrix McCleary Hamburg, M.D., was the first African American women to attend Yale School of Medicine. After graduation in 1948 and training in child psychiatry, her research and clinical practice focused on behavioral and developmental issues among adolescents, especially minority children.

Paul Beeson: The Complete Physician

Paul Beeson: The Complete Physician

Paul Beeson was renowned for his excellence and compassion as a clinician, his groundbreaking insight as a researcher and his kindly exactitude as an educator. John Forrest, one of Beeson's last interns, talks about how his mentor managed to do so much so extraordinarily well. View other Bicentennial voices videos...