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MUSC Timeline and Events

1789 Medical Society of South Carolina founded
1823 On December 20th the SC General Assembly granted the request of the Medical Society of South Carolina for a charter to establish a Medical College in Charleston
1824 Medical College of South Carolina opened
1825 First graduating class with five graduates (Eli Geddings, first graduate)
1832 School split into the Medical College of South Carolina and the Medical College of the State of South Carolina
1839 The two schools merged under the name, Medical College of the State of South Carolina
1847 James Moultrie, Jr., M.D. (Dean, School of Medicine) instrumental in founding of American Medical Association
1848 James Moultrie, Jr., M.D. (Dean, School of Medicine) instrumental in founding of South Carolina Medical Association
1852-53 Louis Agassiz, naturalist, served on faculty of School of Medicine
1860s Julian John Chisolm invented a new chloroform inhaler which bears his name
1861 College closed after the March graduation due to the Civil War
1861 Julian John Chisolm (Dean, 1866-67) published his A Manual of Military Surgery
1861 Samuel Preston Moore, (Graduate, School of Medicine) appointed Surgeon General of the Confederate States of America
1863 Francis Peyre Porcher (Faculty, School of Medicine) published his Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests
1865 College reopened when the faculty returns from the Civil War
1881 Pharmacy Department of the MCSC is chartered
1882 Pharmacy school opened, then closed in 1884
1883 School of Nursing opened, as the School of Nursing of City Hospital
1890 Three-year graded course established for the College of Medicine
1894 Medical College opened to women
1894 Pharmacy Department of the MCSC reopened as the School of Pharmacy
1897 Hospital and Training School for Nurses established 1897 for the education of African-American nurses at 135 Cannon St, later the McClennan-Banks Hospital
1898 First women admitted to the College of Medicine
1899 A four-year graded course established for the College of Medicine
1901 First women graduated from the College of Medicine:
Love Rosa Hirschmann Gantt
Emilie Melanie Viett Rundlett
1904 City Hospital's "South Carolina Training School for Nurses" became "Roper Hospital Training School for Nurses"
1904 First women graduated from the College of Pharmacy:
Hebe E. Butler
Jane W. Colson
1913 Medical College of the State of South Carolina became a state institution
1914 Medical College of the State of South Carolina campus moved to its current location
1919 Roper Hospital Training School for Nurses became the School of Nursing at the Medical College of the State of South Carolina
1919 Charleston Public Health Officer Leon Banov (Graduate, School of Medicine) instituted the first municipal milk pasteurization program in the country
1924 Centennial Memorial of the Medical College of the State of South Carolina, 1824-1924 published
1936 Kenneth Lynch (President, MCSC, 1949-1960) and William Atmar Smith linked brown lung disease (asbestosis) with cancer
1947 Horace G. Smithy (Assistant Professor of Surgery) designed valvulotome and pioneered mitral valve heart surgery
1947 Maxine Larisey first female professor in School of Pharmacy
1948 Elsie Taber first female full-time professor in School of Medicine
1950 First students admitted to the Graduate Studies Program
1950-51 Board of Trustee titles changed from President and Vice President to Chairman and Vice Chairman
1952 College's name changed back to the original Medical College of South Carolina
1953 SC General Assembly approved the establishment of the Dental School at the Medical College of South Carolina
1964 John E. Buhler, D.D.S. arrived as First Dean of the School of Dental Medicine to develop faculty and facilities
1965 School of Graduate Studies officially opened
1965 First African-American student admitted to the College of Medicine (did not graduate)
1965 Thomas S. Hargest and Curtis P. Artz (Department of Surgery) invent fluidized air bed for use in burn therapy
1966 School of Allied Health Sciences founded, later became the College of Health Professions in 1993
1966 School of Nursing diploma became a baccalaureate degree
1967 First class enrolled in the School of Dental Medicine
1968 First organ transplant (renal) at MUSC
1969 Medical College of South Carolina became Medical University of South Carolina, and the schools within it became colleges
1969 Hospital Workers' strike lasted for ninety days (March 20-June 27)
1970 Family Practice Program established and was one of the first in the nation. Dr. Hiram B. Curry named Professor and Chairman of the new department
1971 First African American graduated from the College of Medicine, Bernard W. Deas, Jr.
1971 First class graduated from the College of Dental Medicine
1971 First African American male graduated from the College of Pharmacy, James L. Hodges
1972 First female African American graduated from College of Nursing, Rosslee Douglas
1973 First female graduated from College of Dental Medicine, Cathy Moss Owen
1973 First female African American graduated from College of Medicine, Delores Gibbs
1974 First African American male graduated from the College of Dental Medicine, George McTeer
1974 Sesquicentennial, 1824-1974: Tradition, Progress, Excellence published
1974-82 Albert Bruce Sabin (Developer of oral polio vaccine) was Distinguished Research Professor of Biomedicine
1975 First male African American graduated from MUSC's College of Nursing B.S. program, Joe Nelson Mitchell
1977 First female African American graduated from the College of Graduate Studies, Emma Frazier
1980 First African American females graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1980, Phyllis C. Johnson-Wolf, Janice N. Jones, and Cassandra Tisdale
1983 First female African American graduated from the College of Dental Medicine, Dorothea Gertrude Taylor
1992 100th anniversary of the Medical University Alumni Association
2003 MUSC and Clemson University established a Joint Bioengineering Program
2004 SC Health Services Collaborative established with the Greenville Hospital System
2005 Medically Fragile Children's Program established
2006 Cancer Research Initiative established with MUSC, USC, Clemson, and Spartanburg Regional Health Care Systems (1st statewide program in the nation)
2006 College of Health Professions' 40th anniversary
2007 Ashley River Tower (ART) dedicated on October 12
2008 Groundbreaking for the Drug Discovery Building, October 10
2009 Hollings Cancer Center awarded Cancer Institute designation
2010 MUSC hires first female dean of the College of Medicine, Etta Pisano
2010 MUSC and SCRA open Innovation Center in Charleston