HSC’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine is celebrating its 50th anniversary during a celebration May 21 at The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.
The celebration, which originally was planned for October 2020 but was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will feature alumni, faculty and community partners from across five decades since the founding of the iconic medical school in Fort Worth. The event, which is raising money for a TCOM Legacy Scholarship, is officially sold out.
“We are incredibly excited to be hosting this event to celebrate TCOM and bring back so many alumni, former faculty members and friends to enjoy a wonderful evening that’s all about their medical school,” said Dr. Frank Filipetto, Everett Endowed Professor and TCOM dean. “This night is for our alumni. They have been the bedrock of what has made TCOM great, and we want to show them how much we appreciate all they have done.”
Since its inception in 1970, when classes were often taught in a bowling alley, TCOM has grown into a robust, cutting-edge and innovative medical school that graduates more than 200 osteopathic physicians each year. In March, U.S. News ranked TCOM as the nation’s top osteopathic medical school for primary care.
The celebration will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on the lawn next to the HSC Medical Education and Training building. Many former alumni and those who helped build TCOM into the medical school it is today will return, including former college president Dr. David Richards, who served from 1986 to 1993. Richards was also the first president of the newly formed HSC from 1993 to 1999.
Family members of the founding osteopathic physicians of TCOM, Dr. D.D. Beyer, Dr. George Luibel and Dr. Carl Everett, also will be in attendance. Media are welcome to attend and cover the event.