The Stanford School of Medicine’s Move from San Francisco to the Stanford Campus: Rationale, Controversies, and Impacts.
Abrams, Herbert L., Berg, Paul, Mark, James B. D., Schrier, Stanley L., and Sunshine, Philip
Stanford Historical Society
In this oral history, five distinguished professors at the Stanford University School of Medicine--Hebert L. Abrams, Paul Berg, James B. D. Mark, Stanley L. Schrier, and Philip Sunshine--discussed the Medical School’s move from San Francisco to the Stanford campus in 1959 and its implications. They described the new format for medical education envisioned by the university president and the Board of Trustees, the impact of the integration of the teaching and clinical operations on the Stanford campus, and how Stanford gained a reputation for innovative, high-quality medical care.
The panelists discussed the forces behind this move: the Flexner Report on medical education in the United States and Canada and the university’s assessment of its program’s condition after World War II. They also talked about the challenges the Medical School faced as a result of the move, including the creation of an adequate patient base to ensure the success of the medical school and hospital (which occasioned hostility from local physicians, hospitals and clinics) and the need to recruit faculty, physicians, and researchers.
In the course of the discussion, the panelists also addressed differences among their departments regarding the sharing of research resources.
Herbert L. Abrams, Paul Berg, James B. D. Mark, Stanley L. Schrier, Philip Sunshine, Stanford Historical Society, oral histories, interviews, higher education, professors, Stanford Lane Hospital, Henry Kaplan, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and San Francisco General Hospital
February 11, 2015
Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012