Here are the answers to the questions I posed this morning having to do with interesting tidbits in the history of Upstate. I’ll post five more trivia questions tomorrow.
1. This weekend, Upstate will graduate 477 students — 170 from the College of Health Professions, 149 from the College of Medicine, 135 from the College of Nursing, and 23 from the College of Graduate Studies. How many students graduated 50 years ago?
Answer: In 1963, the College of Medicine had 75 graduates, and the College of Nursing had 54. In addition, three individuals obtained doctorates.
2. Name the Upstate founding father who was among the first group of physicians to promote vaccination (against smallpox, in 1803.)
Answer: Edward Cutbush, MD, the first dean at Geneva Medical College.
3. What was the total price of a bill dated Sept. 11, 1892 for an operation and five-day hospital stay?
4. What began to disappear when, starting in 1930, the senior medical students were assigned 10-day rotations living in the hospital?
Answer: Home births. Prior to the 1930s, students helped staff prenatal clinics and were in charge of home delivery services for clinic patients. More women began delivering in the hospital when student residencies in obstetrics began.
5. Today’s in-state tuition for medical school is $29,530. What was it 100 years ago?
Answer: $175 (Which, in today’s dollars, would be in the $4,000 ballpark.)