A celebration of life event honoring E. Grey Dimond, founder of the innovative UMKC School of Medicine, will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Pierson Auditorium in the UMKC Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes Road. Dimond would have turned 95 on that day.
Dimond was a cardiologist, teacher, author, world traveler, artist and a medical pioneer. He lived a long life by following his own prescription for good health: “stay skinny, don’t smoke.”
Dimond, a national medical education consultant and the former chair of the University of Kansas Department of Medicine, was recruited to start the UMKC School of Medicine, founded in 1971. At his insistence, UMKC refused to follow the traditional medical school format — four years of premedical education plus four years of medical training — and replaced it with an intensive six-year curriculum modeled on his own accelerated education during World War II. Students would work nearly year-round, and they would have contact with patients almost from the start.
More than 3,000 physicians have graduated from the UMKC School of Medicine.