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This special exhibit, now through December, tells the story of P&S thematically with a focus on historical turning points, distinguished alumni and faculty, buildings, teaching and learning, and student life.

We will culminate the 250th anniversary year with an historic Crown Awards Gala. There will be a special performance that evening by Renée Fleming, world renowned soprano. 

Explore an exhibit commemorating this year's centennial of co-education at P&S at The Knowledge Center, A.C. Long Health Sciences Library, Hammer Building. Exhibit runs Oct. 4, 2017 – Jan. 12, 2018.

About the Anniversary

For two and a half centuries, P&S has defined leadership in medicine.

In 2017, the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) is celebrating a true milestone: 250 years of pioneering medical education, research, patient care, and community service at Columbia University.

P&S has been at the vanguard of medicine from our start, which pre-dates the American Revolution. We were the first institution in the American colonies to confer the Doctor of Medicine degree, and we have continued to lead the nation all the way up through the modern era of genomics and evidence-based care. P&S is among the best medical schools in the country and a thriving enterprise of health science innovation. Generations of medical and scientific leaders trained here have developed lifesaving new therapies and driven clinical advancement through their discoveries, for the benefit of patients in our community, nation, and world. Today, we have a vision to become a "debt-free" school for our medical students, eliminating need-based loans and providing all financial aid through scholarships.

This anniversary is an unprecedented opportunity for us to honor the distinguished history of P&S over the past 250 years. It is also an occasion to pay tribute to those who will ensure our enduring leadership for the next 250 years: our community of dedicated P&S alumni, faculty, students, staff, and friends.

Perspectives on 250 Years