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Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania, both leaders in health care since before the founding of the United States, agree to merge. The final agreement was approved in June 1997; the two institutions officially merge in October 1997.

The history of the two institutions dates back to the 1700s. Pennsylvania Hospital was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond. In 1740, Franklin founded an eductional institution that would later become the University of Pennsylvania. The University opened the nation's first medical school in 1765, and in 1766 Dr. Bond formalized clinical instruction with Pennsylvania Hospital serving as a site for lectures and training of Penn medical students.

Resident physicians committed between four and five years to Pennsylvania Hospital as apprentices while they worked toward receiving their medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (then known as The Medical School of the College of Philadelphia). Pennsylvania Hospital has had some form of relationship with the University of Pennsylvania since that time, sometimes formal and sometimes informal.

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