U of M Medical School-Duluth Campus celebrates 50 years

UMD Medicine sign celebrating the 50 year celebration.
UMD Medicine sign celebrating the 50 year celebration.((KBJR/CBS 3))
Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 2:46 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN. (KBJR) - Students, staff, and alumni with the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus are celebrating 50 years.

They held a celebration Thursday, September 15th.

The first class enrolled back in 1972 with just 24 students, but now there are about 65 first-year medical students.

They’re currently 130 students enrolled at the University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus.

More than 40% of the school’s graduates end up working in rural communities across Minnesota and the United States.

School leaders hope continuing to grow will only help.

“There’s still a physician shortage particularly in rural Minnesota and rural communities across the country so we don’t wanna lose sight of why we were founded in the first place and we wanna be able to carry that towards forward as we go into the next fifty years,” said Interim Regional Campus Dean of UMD Medicine Kevin Diebel.

Over the last 50 years, more than 2,000 students have graduated from the program.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story said there were only 65 total students in the program. That was just the number of first-year students.