Wayne State University's story began in 1868, when five physicians who witnessed the crude medical treatment on Civil War battlefields committed themselves to advancing health education and care in Detroit. They founded the Detroit Medical College, which has since transformed into our School of Medicine — an internationally-renowned school that has contributed to landmark medical achievements such as the world's first successful open-heart surgery and the discovery of AZT for the treatment of AIDS and COVID-19 research. Read more about our history.
The School of Medicine continues to be fueled by passion for its community and dedication to urban clinical excellence, and it is now part of a premier research institution composed of 13 schools and colleges. Through social responsiveness and a continuous focus on innovation in education, research and clinical care, the School of Medicine continues to graduate a diverse group of physicians and biomedical scientists who go on to transform the promise of equal health care for all into a reality.