WASHINGTON, May 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
FIRST MEDICAL COLLEGE
Profile America — Sunday, May 3rd. America’s first medical college was established on this date in 1765. Students at the College of Philadelphia — now the University of Pennsylvania — were able to enroll in “anatomical lectures” and a class about “the theory and practice of physik.” The school’s faculty modeled the instruction after the style of European predecessors. They supplemented their instruction with observation and practice at nearby Pennsylvania Hospital, which was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Bond. The addition of these courses to the college’s curriculum made Penn, in a technical sense, America’s first university as well. Across the U.S. today, there are nearly 182,000 physicians and surgeons working out of some 222,000 offices and more than 6,500 hospitals. Profile America is beginning its 19th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane’s Famous First Facts, 3159
Physicians & surgeons: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_13_1YR_B24121&prodType=table
Offices of physicians/NAICS 6211: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2012_00A1&prodType=table
Hospitals/NAICS 6221: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ECN_2012_US_62I2&prodType=table
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau