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Morsani College of Medicine celebrates 50th anniversary with events across 2024

This 2024 is a big year for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine (MCOM) – it marks the 50th anniversary of when the charter class graduated.

To celebrate this milestone, MCOM is planning a year’s worth of events and highlighting key moments of the medical school’s history.

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Among the plans are a clay shooting competition, taking place Jan. 25, and a golf tournament, scheduled for April 23. And wrapping up the year will be a gala in October 2024. These events are being sponsored by MCOM’s long-standing clinical partner and primary teaching affiliate Tampa General Hospital.

The MCOM 50th Anniversary celebration is being coordinated through the USF Health Office of Development, led by Arty Giallourakis, chief development officer and associate vice president for USF Health Development and Alumni Relations.

Central to each event is fundraising for medical school scholarships, an effort already seeing success – the clay shoot competition in January is nearly sold out and donations to this event’s focused scholarship have almost fully funded the goal.

“This year we want to celebrate the founding of our medical school by looking forward,” said Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM, executive vice president of USF Health and dean of the Morsani College of Medicine. “We want to ensure that the best and brightest students continue to come the Morsani College of Medicine to become the next generation of health care leaders by increasing our scholarship endowments. We are deeply grateful to those who have already contributed and are looking forward to working with our USF Health family to meet our fundraising goals.”  

Complementing event fundraising is a “50 for 50” Campaign that targets another important goal. Hear more from Val Riddle, MD, associate dean for MCOM alumni engagement.

In addition to events, the 50th Anniversary celebration will also offer coverage of key milestones in the college’s history, interviews with alumni from across the years, and the publication of a book highlighting the first 50 years of the school. (The first 25 years are archived in a first publication called Sparkling with Promise and can be found here.)  

Keep an eye out online and in USF Health and MCOM’s social media for these stories highlighting key moments and people.

All will be archived on MCOM’s 50th anniversary website.

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