Before the rigorous application process of formal medical education was required, anyone who could afford a few dollars could attend medical lectures, and eventually become a doctor. The Medical Lecture Ticket exhibit showcases several lecture tickets from all over the US, including from the University of Denver’s Dental Department and the Denver and Gross Medical College. The tickets represent an era where there was little regulation and oversight. Although seen as democratizing education, the medical ticket system often led to abuse and poorly trained doctors. The tickets disappeared as medical education reformers began to create the modern medical school application process and curriculum that medical school follow today.
— Paul Andrews