Reflections at 50: The UNM School of Medicine, A History of Service & Innovation 1964-2014

UNM School of Medicine Building IIJoin us Sunday, March 15, 2 pm at the Albuquerque Museum when Executive Vice Dean Martha Cole McGrew, MD,  presents the history of the UNM School of Medicine.
In the late 1950’s, creating a Medical School at UNM was the vision of UNM President, Tom Popejoy. “Fifty years ago, a pioneering group of medical educators, recruited from across the US, undertook an audacious experiment… to create a medical school in a state beset by poverty and daunting geographic barriers.” Come learn about those pioneers, the School of Medicine’s nationally known programs and what they mean to the Land of Enchantment.

Martha Cole McGrew, MDFamily medicine physician Martha Cole McGrew, MD, was named executive vice dean for the UNM School of Medicine at the UNM Health Sciences Center January 1, 2015. McGrew grew up in a small Louisiana town, population 1,000, where her father was the sole general practitioner, and her mother was everything else to their patients – providing counseling, meals, transportation, child care and more.

Former chair of the medical school’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, McGrew is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She completed her family medicine residency at LSU Medical Center and later earned a fellowship in family medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. She joined the faculty at the UNM School of Medicine in 1990.

McGrew’s interests include maternal-child health and medical education; and serving rural and underserved areas of New Mexico. She has a commitment to – and a deep respect for – the school’s mission of improving the health of New Mexico citizens through education, research and patient care.

The executive vice dean is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the UNM School of Medicine, part of the UNM Health Sciences Center. There are 438 students currently enrolled in the school’s four-year MD program, plus students in a number of other medical programs, including dental hygiene, emergency medical services, public health, medical laboratory sciences, physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant and radiologic sciences.

The medical school, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, includes nearly 30 academic departments. In addition to training students and residents and conducting biomedical research, School of Medicine faculty also practice medicine at UNM Hospital, UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center and other clinics throughout the community.

UNM Medical School Med II - 1963
UNM School of Medicine Med II, circa 1963: The former 7-Up bottling plant became one of the School of Medicine’s first buildings.