Happy 250th birthday Perelman School of Medicine!

The nation's first medical school, Philadelphia-based Perelman School of Medicine, part of the University of Pennsylvania, is celebrating 250 years of medical education.

The school was established in 1765 by Drs. John Morgan and William Shippen Jr., who believed students in America should have access to medical education beyond mentorships. It was part of the College of Philadelphia, which later became the University of Pennsylvania. By 1789, the Doctor of Medicine degree replaced the Bachelor of Medicine Degree.

Perelman School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania have been home to many medical firsts in the last 250 years, including opening the nation's first academic hospital in 1874, launching the specialty of dermatology in 1875 and capturing the first X-ray in 1890.


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