October 12, 2004

Contact: Jennifer Riordan 272-0261, 220-0702 cell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine will observe its 40th Anniversary through a celebration of all things from 1964 this Tuesday, October 12.

One thousand people are expected to come by and get into the swing of the celebrations, which will include great food, fun music and a zany costume contest. The best-dressed contest will be judged at 12:30 p.m. with a $100 gift certificate to the Artichoke Café for the winner.

The Costco-sponsored event will be held at the School of Medicine Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Everyone, including Dean Paul Roth, M.D., is encouraged to bring their favorite Beatles records, hairspray and go-go boots!

As part of the festivities, there will be ice-cream, hot dogs and beverages served to everyone who attends, at no charge. People can also expect a Dunk Tank, Sumo Wrestling and a Piñata Raffle sponsored by various student organizations.

The University of New Mexico School of Medicine was established in 1961 and admitted its first class in 1964. Currently, 75 students are admitted yearly to the first year class including three M.D./Ph.D. students. In the U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools Edition for 2005, The University of New Mexico School of Medicine was ranked number 2 in Rural Medicine, number 12 in Primary Care and number 10 in Family Medicine.