Namings honor notable and admired professionals who made significant contributions to medical education and the fields of medicine or public health
While the M-Home is focused on the future — providing a “home base” for medical students training to become the next Michigan doctors — each of the four houses within this learning community now has a strong link to the Medical School’s illustrious past.
On Feb. 16, the directors of the four houses announced new names, unveiling titles that honor notable and admired professionals with ties to our medical school that throughout their careers made significant contributions to medical education and the fields of medicine or public health.
Each house participated in the research and decision-making process, as students and faculty identified academic ancestors that most exemplified the spirit of impact: innovating, learning, serving and contributing in their time and beyond.
Students and faculty received a list of six candidates for each house, and through an electronic vote selected the following names:
House A: The Dr. William Henry Fitzbutler House, named for our school's first African-American graduate who founded one of the first medical institutions (Louisville National Medical College) that did not permit discrimination based on race.
House B: The Dr. Jonas Edward Salk House, named for a virologist who pioneered one of the first influenza vaccines, and later co-developed the historical polio vaccine.
House C: The Dr. Alice Hamilton House, named for a renowned industrial and occupational researcher who was heavily engaged in social reform and improving the lives of the working poor.
House D: The Dr. Amanda Sanford House, named for the school’s first female graduate, whose innovative research and description of puerperal eclampsia greatly advanced obstetrical care and women's health.
“These names really demonstrate the amazingly rich and diverse history of the University of Michigan Medical School,” says Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, M.D., the Marguerite S. Roll Professor of Medical Education and associate dean for medical student education. “It not only reflects our place as a premier public university, but also provides a wonderful opportunity for our current and future students to be connected to our past.”
When the M-Home debuted in 2015, current and incoming students were sorted into four houses: A, B, C and D. These temporary names served their purpose in the short term while the M-Home concept was finalized, and its names researched and selected.
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