Tennessee Medical College. Opening Exercises of this Popular Institution Held Yesterday
The winter term of 1893-1894 of the Tennessee Medical college opened yesterday under most auspicious circumstances. The faculty saw much to encourage and gratify them. There were many of the second year men of last year present — an unexpectedly large number who are here for the third year.
It will be remembered the faculty announced last year that the term of 1893-94 would begin their regular three years’ course, that is to say a graduate must take at least a three years’ course. The law in most states now requires a regular practitioner to show he has taken a three years’ course.
The annual introductory exercises yesterday were encouraging from the fact that there were double the attendance of pupils that had ever been noted before, and a finer looking, more intelligent lot of young men is seldom seen anywhere.
There was not the attendance from the public there should have been, but there were still a good many.
The faculty was all present and Dean J. C. Cawood presided. The introductory address of welcome was delivered by Dr. D. H. Williams. It was short but very appropriate and was particularly addressed to the deportment of the students in public, the importance of the profession and their duties to themselves and the profession. The doctor’s address was well received and made a deep impression.
This address was followed by practical talks from Dr. A. B. Tadlock, Chancellor Gibson and other members of the faculty.
To-day the regular lectures of the course begin. The faculty, both of the medical and dental departments have been strengthened by the addition of a number of excellent men, the latter by Doctors W. B. Robinson and J. S. Cottrell, and perhaps others, and the outlook for the dental department is very good.
In other words, the Tennessee Medical college is growing stronger every year, and gives promise of becoming one of the foremost medical colleges of the country, as it is now of the south.
This afternoon at five o’clock the city attorney and aldermen of the second and fourth wards will deliver short addresses at the college.
Source: Knoxville Daily Journal and Tribune, October 3, 1893, page 2