Ring in the new year with our 75th anniversary celebrations

Posted on Tuesday, November 26, 2019

A dreamlike black-and-white vintage image of two young doctors and a young nurse in lab coats, beside a colorful graphic logo of the number 75

In the fall of 1945, uOttawa’s medical school was born from the aftermath of the Second World War. 

Empty army barracks became classrooms. War veterans and refugees formed the first faculty. 

During the inaugural speeches, a government VIP expressed the hope that someday, our fledgling school would “attain the same degree of distinction as McGill, Queen’s and some of the other larger, well known seats of learning.” 

Today, we’ve fulfilled that hope. We stand proudly as one of the top medical faculties in Canada, and one of the best faculties of medicine in the world for research impact in biomedical and health sciences.

Join us throughout the year 2020, as we celebrate our 75th anniversary with stories, photos and special events.

Don’t miss the kickoff luncheon reception on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Roger Guindon Hall, with Dean of Medicine Dr. Bernard Jasmin and Dr. Susan Lamb, Jason A. Hannah Chair in History of Medicine in the Department of Innovation in Medical Education. Dr. Lamb will reveal the fascinating and improbable story of the men and women who created the medical school on little more than “a nickel and a prayer.” 

Our soon-to-be-launched 75th anniversary website will bring you stories from our past and present-day achievements, and keep you up-to-date on special events happening throughout the year.  We’ll also feature special 75th anniversary content in our monthly MedPoint newsletter. 

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtag #uomed75 to keep up with all the happenings.

Register here for the kickoff luncheon reception on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.


Dr. Joseph Auer teaches an anatomy class in 1948

Dr. Joseph Auer gives an anatomy lecture in 1948


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