History

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1958 Harry Prystowsky becomes the first chairperson of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is the youngest Chair of a medical school department in the United States at 33 years old.

Harry Prystowsky 1958 Obstetrics Gynecology University of Florida College of Medicine

Dr. Harry Prystowsky, 1958

 

The delivery suite and obstetrics floor opens.

obstetrics and gynecology clinic University of Florida 1958

The obstetrics and gynecology clinic at the University of Florida in 1958.

1959 Dr. Prystowsky hires Dr. Hugh Hill as the department’s first faculty member.

The first residency class joins the department. The inaugural residents were Jullian Cotter, Wayne Heine, George Letchworth, John Paterson, Vincent Stenger, and Charles Stump.

First Residents Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Florida College of Medicine

The first OB/GYN residents, 1959

1966 In collaboration with the state health department in Jacksonville, the department established the Maternity and Infant Care Project (MIC) project in the 13 counties of north Florida.
1967 Mrs. Cordelia Scaife May of Ligonier, Pennsylvania endows UF’s first professorship to the chair of reproductive biology and medicine. The professorship was named after the then university president, J. Wayne Reitz.
1968 The first female resident, Orene Schoenfeld, graduates from the residency program.

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Orene Schoenfeld, the first female resident, 1968