Established in June 1969 by the Texas Legislature, McGovern Medical School celebrates its golden anniversary as it turns 50 with the beginning of the 2020 fiscal year.

Gov. Preston Smith signs HB80, creating the UT Medical School June 13, 1969.

The yearlong celebration kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 17 with an Ice Cream Social, featuring a decades party theme. McGovern students, faculty, and staff can enjoy ice cream, music, a photo boothwith 50th anniversary-themed props and a costume contest for the best decade-themed outfits.

Visitors to the McGovern Medical School website will notice a link to the brand new 50th anniversary page. The 50th website  features a timeline of historic events from the past half-century as well as photo and video galleries, a growing list of events, and access to an array of 50th anniversary downloads.

The downloads page includes files for the 50th anniversary Logo, PowerPoint and DNA templates, and a new email signature. Departments interested in hosting a 50th anniversary themed event can check out photo frames, podium signs, and more through Conference Operations.

The Medical School takes the 50th Anniversary theme to social media with new profile avatars themed to the 50th Anniversary logo and a pair of downloadable Facebook frames, which can be found here. Each of the Medical School’s social media accounts will use #50YearsMcGovern for all posts pertaining to the anniversary throughout the year.

A brief look at McGovern Medical School

McGovern Medical School welcomed its first class of 19 students in 1970 and less than 10 years later, class sizes had grown to 200. Today, the Medical School accepts classes of 240 students per year to meet the growing demand of physicians throughout the state of Texas.

Over the past half century, the school has moved to the forefront of medical education, clinical care, and research and has grown to the seventh largest medical school in the nation. With over 1,000 medical school students and a similar number of residents and fellows, McGovern Medical School is one of the most diverse in the country.

McGovern Medical School calls the Texas Medical Center home, the largest medical complex in the world. An integral part of one of the most diverse cities in the United States, the medical complex affords countless opportunities for the Medical School to partner with leading medical and research entities locally, statewide, and across the nation.