Carol R. Bradford, MD, the Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, hosted the evening which marked four years of since the inception of the first of its kind department and its chair Charles P. Friedman, PhD's installation as the third Josiah Macy Jr. professor. The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation was created in 1930 by Kate Macy Ladd to honor her father. The foundation's mission then was to "promote health and the ministry of healing." In 1996 the foundation sought proposals to support medical education, U-M applied and received a grant that funded the Josiah Macy Jr. Professorship in Medical Education. Once the formal remarks and a medal presentation concluded, several current and former leaders from the medical school and health system took advantage of the "open mike" and shared personal anecdotes from Dr. Friedman's storied career.