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Calendar: Anniversary Events

In conjunction with the Virginia Kneeland Frantz Society, we will hold a special panel discussion celebrating the women of P&S.

Join us on Thursday, September 14 at 1 p.m. for a walking tour of the CUMC campus where we will highlight landmarks that are a part of our storied history. The tour will be led by Stephen Novak, Head, Archives & Special Collections. Registration is limited, so reserve your spot today!

In honor of the 250th Anniversary, the Legacy Dinner will celebrate the many alumni and donors who support our robust scholarship program. 

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