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YSM Celebrates 100 Years of Women in Medicine

March 08, 2018
by Jill Max

In commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of women at the School of Medicine, YSM has launched a website and will hold a symposium to celebrate this milestone and to highlight the contributions that women have made to the school and to the world.

Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM), the Minority Organization for Retention & Expansion (MORE), and the Dean’s Office, Celebration and Reflection will take place on June 1, 2018. This day-long event focusing on the breadth of the experience of women in medicine and science is open to all faculty, students, staff, alumnae/alumni, and clinicians in the community. Sessions will focus on the history of women in medicine, women in science and clinical care, the experience of being a woman in an underrepresented minority, and current issues that women face as they pursue careers in science and medicine. Each session features several women faculty members from YSM. Juanita L. Merchant, MD '81, PhD '84, H. Marvin Pollard Professor of Gastrointestinal Sciences, professor of internal medicine and professor of molecular & integrative physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School will deliver the keynote address.

“We want this symposium to highlight all the expertise, talent, and resourcefulness of Yale faculty and alumnae, but we also would like each speaker to share her own special story—something that does not routinely occur at most symposia,” says Margaret Bia, MD, professor of medicine (nephrology), who co-heads the planning committee with Elizabeth Jonas, MD, professor. Both she and Jonas hope that the centennial celebration will be an opportunity for reflection and conversation about issues affecting all women.

Submitted by Adrian Bonenberger on March 08, 2018