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With the retirement of Wilburt C. Davison, Dr. Barnes Woodhall is appointed Dean of the Medical Center on 1 July.
Gerontology Building and the Diagnostic and Treatment Center opened (Busse Building).
Clinical Research Building opened (Stead Building).
Hyperbaric Chamber opened.
First African-American student admitted to Duke University School of Medicine.
With the retirement of Barnes Woodhall, Dr. William G. Anlyan becomes Dean of Duke University Medical Center and School of Medicine on 1 July.
Duke establishes the nation's first Physician Assistant Program.
The Duke Medical Scientist Training Program, a joint degree program leading to both the MD and the PhD degrees, is founded. It is one of the first three in the nation.
Duke becomes the first medical center in the world to offer a radio consultative program to isolated doctors in other countries. The radio program, Project MED-AID (shortened for Medical Assistance for Isolated Doctors), met critical needs of physicians in developing countries.
New Hospital Entrance, the Woodhall Building, opened.
The New Medical School Curriculum gives students greater freedom to choose their course materials.
The Nanaline Duke Research Building opened.
Dr. Irwin Fridovich and graduate student Joe McCord discover the enzyme which protects all living things against the toxicity of oxygen.
In its hyperbaric chamber, Duke conducts the first recorded studies of humans' ability to function and work at pressures equal to a 1,000-foot deep-sea dive.