|SEPTEMBER IS WOMEN IN MEDICINE MONTH
In 1990, the AMA began a national campaign to establish September as Women in Medicine Month in recognition of the growing ranks of women in the profession and their contributions in health care.
Indianapolis otolaryngologist Heidi Dunniway, M.D., thinks women physicians should become more active in supporting and mentoring each other. That is why she and Evansville neonatalologist Maria Del Rio Hoover, M.D., formed the ISMA’s Women In Medicine Ad Hoc Committee.
But the two physicians also encourage their colleagues to observe Women in Medicine month by gathering in their own communities to support and mentor each other.
|Indiana University, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, Kacy Allgood. History of Women at IUSM, Historical Data. Published 2008. Updated Jan. 23, 2009.
“We have a lot to celebrate,” said Dr. Dunniway. “For more than 160 years, our ranks have grown. This month provides an opportunity for female medical students, residents and physicians to build on their unique perspectives for the good of their patients and profession.”
The Women In Medicine Ad Hoc Committee will meet during ISMA’s convention on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, downtown Indianapolis. Committee members will set goals and plan activities for the coming year. Also through Resolution 10-43, the committee is asking the House of Delegates to establish it as a full standing committee.
Dr. Dunniway invites all ISMA women physician members to attend the meeting. “The committee strives to increase female membership in the ISMA, promote leadership development and provide opportunities for mentoring and networking.”
Changing the Face of Medicine
The IU School of Medicine Library is hosting the traveling exhibit “Changing the Face of Medicine” through September. The presentation tells the story of how women have struggled for the right to study in medical schools and to practice medicine in the U.S.
See the exhibit online on this website.
A Lady Alone
Actress Linda Gray Kelley (left) portrays Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman physician, in a one-woman play. The performance, “A Lady Alone,” was presented last month in Indianapolis.
Dr. Blackwell graduated first in her class from Geneva Medical College in New York in 1849 after being rejected by leading medical schools.
See a list of notable Indiana women physicians here.
Read more about the history of women physicians in Indiana here.