Half-Century Society (HCS) members are University of Utah School of Medicine, MD alumni who graduated from the medical school more than 50 years ago. The purpose of the Half-Century Society is to build and strengthen the relationships among friends and former classmates, to enhance the influence of HCS members with the U of U School of Medicine and advocate for the medical school, students, and the medical community.
Once inducted into the Half-Century Society on the anniversary of their 50th Medical School Reunion, HCS members are encouraged to return to the University of Utah twice a year. Once in early summer for a luncheon and educational presentation and in the fall at the School of Medicine Alumni Awards Banquet. At the banquet the most recent anniversary class is honored and celebrated. Half Century Society members and a guest are encouraged to attend the annual Awards Banquet & Half Century Society Celebration at no charge to welcome and celebrate the incoming anniversary class.
- Changes in Tax Laws and Estate Planning - April 4th
- Half Century Society Annual Luncheon - June 6, 2018
- Annual Awards Banquet and Half Century Society Celebration - Sept. 28th, 2018
The Half Century Society was instrumental in the advocacy of the Class Size expansion in 2013 and is now focusing on issues surrounding rural medicine and support for the renovation of the School of Medicine.
Funding housing costs for 3rd and 4th-year students who do three to six-week rotations in rural clinics around Utah. Qualified preceptors provide a quality education to these students so they can understand the challenges and rewards of a primary care practice in a small town setting. The goal is to assist in covering housing expenses.
Physicians in Underserved and Rural Communities (PURC)- The USOM Alumni Association and the Half Century Society are working to raise $1 million dollars to endow a fund which will provide yearly loan repayments of up to $12,000 a year for students opting to provide primary care services to medically underserved areas and populations in Utah upon completion of their residency.