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February 16, 2000

Shaping a Positive Future for Academic Medicine at Michigan

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Medicine, Genetics, and Public Health (Dr Omenn), Radiation Oncology (Dr Lichter), and Hospitals and Health Centers (Mr Warren), University of Michigan Health System; and Office of the President (Mr Bollinger), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

JAMA. 2000;283(7):927-928. doi:10.1001/jama.283.7.927

The University of Michigan (U of M) is proud to celebrate a splendid legacy of innovation and service at the 150th anniversary of its medical school.1-3 Some notable achievements in our history include the establishment of the first university-owned teaching hospital in 1869, enrollment of women and African American medical students in the 1870s, development of iodized table salt as a goiter preventive,4,5 early advances in electrocardiography,6 the first thoracic surgery section and introduction of thoracoplasty for tuberculosis,7 the development and progressive application of extracorporeal life support,8 discovery of the gene for cystic fibrosis,9 investigation of gene therapies for cardiovascular diseases10 and muscular dystrophies,11 and new forms of managed care.12 However, we cannot rest on our laurels.