On September 8, the Perelman School of Medicine treated students from across Penn’s campus, faculty, staff, and alumni to desserts and giveaways at a cake-cutting event commemorating the kickoff to Penn Medicine’s 250th anniversary.

The School’s benefactor Raymond G. Perelman, W'40, PAR'64, PAR'71, who, three years ago with his wife, the late Ruth Perelman, presented Penn with $225 million―the single largest naming gift to a medical school in the U.S.―was delighted to join in the event. The Perelmans' unrestricted gift established a permanent endowment used to provide significantly more financial aid to medical school students, recruit the most talented physicians and scientists, and support innovative research. Perelman is serving as Honorary Chair of the 250th Celebration.

"We have so many reasons to be proud of the Perelman School of Medicine," said Penn President Amy Gutmann. "For educating generation after generation of the very finest physicians, for giving life-affirming care, and for making breakthroughs in medical research."

In the fall of 1765, Penn opened the doors to the first medical school in the United States. In the 250 years since, Penn Medicine has stood at the forefront of medical research, education, and patient care, and continues to shape the future of medical education and impact countless lives around the globe.  

This year, dubbed Penn’s Year of Health, Penn's Perelman School of Medicine not only commemorates its 250th year, but celebrates its bright future with numerous events, including receptions, luncheons, a gala at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and even a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Henry A. Jordan M’62 Medical Education Center, which will be physically connected to both the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and Smilow Center for Translational Research, making it among the first medical educational spaces in the nation to be integrated into an active clinical and research facility.

For additional information about the 250th anniversary events and more, visit www.perelman250th.com. For more photos from this event, see the album on Facebook.