History made at Gala Dinner

Saturday 15 September, 2012

More than 1100 guests made history at the Melbourne Medical School 150th Anniversary Gala Dinner in September.

The Royal Exhibition Building hosted the largest formal gathering of alumni ever staged by the University, where generations of graduates, current students and prominent members of the medical profession came together to celebrate 150 years of training doctors.
Short films tracing the history of medicine at the University were screened, and guests enjoyed live music performances by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Brass Choir and the Choir of Trinity College.  
President of the Med150 Student Ambassador Program Melissa Lee said the current cohort of medical students had embraced the anniversary celebrations.
"It's been a busy year but for us in particular, it's been a year of opportunities, to learn about the rich history of our medical school, and to work closely with the Faculty staff," she said. 
"The greatest opportunity has been meeting so many alumni. It is humbling to meet such inspiring and exceptional members of the medical profession."
The Gala Dinner was the climax of a historic year for the Melbourne Medical School.
A vast program of events has provided many medical graduates the opportunity to return to the University, renewing old ties and friendships and becoming an important part of the celebrations.
"We estimate that there are more than 10,000 living alumni of the Melbourne Medical School," Professor James Best, Head of the Melbourne Medical School, said. 
"The 150th anniversary has been a remarkable opportunity for the Melbourne Medical School to engage with many of them at various events." 
Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences Professor James Angus said this year had seen the unfolding of an outstanding program of engagement between the Melbourne Medical School and its alumni, its students, its many partners and supporters and the wider public.
"This level of engagement will be of lasting benefit to the University, the Faculty, the Medical School and everyone who has been involved in the year's activities," he said.
"Join me in a toast to the Melbourne Medical School, to the marvellous doctors we have made for 150 years, and the doctors we will make in the next 150 years."

A photo gallery of the Gala Dinner is available online at http://go.unimelb.edu.au/wu9

Videos tracing the history of Melbourne Medical School, which were shown on the evening, are available online at http://blip.tv/mdhscomms