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The University Of Massachusetts Medical School, A History: Integrating Primary Care And Biomedical Research, Ellen S. More Jan 2012

The University Of Massachusetts Medical School, A History: Integrating Primary Care And Biomedical Research, Ellen S. More

History of UMass Worcester

When an all-male class of 16 students entered the new University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1970, they might well have wondered whether they were making a huge mistake. Undoubtedly they took an enormous risk. The entire school—faculty, students, staff, laboratories, offices and classrooms—was housed in a small converted warehouse. The faculty probably had their doubts as well. Not so Dr. Lamar Soutter, the school’s founding dean and guiding spirit. No matter how many times the state legislature threatened to withhold the school’s funding, or how many governors threatened to shut it down altogether, Soutter knew ...