WVU to Host Traveling Exhibit Featuring Women Physicians

Public Invited to Series of Events Honoring Women Health Professionals



MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Women have always become healers, yet when medicine became established as a formal profession in Europe and America, women were shut out. They waged a long battle to gain access to medical education and hospital training. Since then, women have overcome prejudices and discrimination to succeed in every area of the profession.

“Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians” is a traveling exhibition that introduces some of the many extraordinary women who have studied and practiced medicine. The West Virginia University School of Medicine is proud to host the traveling exhibit, which will be open to the public Oct. 18 through Dec. 8 at the WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

The exhibit, sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Library of Medicine, has been a catalyst for the development of a series of public programs at the Health Sciences Center and several other locations on campus this fall. These programs will highlight the contributions of women health professionals and also reach out to the public with information about health issues and careers for women in health care. The series kicks off Oct. 23 with the first event, “Honoring Women Health Care Professionals Opening Ceremonies,” beginning at 6 p.m. in the Health Sciences Center Auditorium. The event features keynote speaker Antonia Coello Novello, M.D., MPH, DrPH, New York State Health Commissioner and 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. 

To honor local women health professionals, the WVU School of Medicine will host “Local Legends – WVU Women Who Have Made a Difference” at 5 p.m., Nov. 3, in the Health Sciences Center’s Hostler Auditorium.

Women health care professionals at WVU have made an incalculable impact on generations of patients and students, as well as everyone who benefits from health care research. Their impact has rippled outward through the University, the community, the state and far beyond.

At WVU, women have been brilliant clinicians, institutional leaders, inspired teachers and important researchers. They have elevated the quality of education in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and dentistry. They have served as mentors and role models. They have led ambitious programs to bring the benefits of modern health care to people in their communities. Directly and indirectly, they have enhanced the health of many millions of people, saving countless lives.

“Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians” was developed by the Exhibition Program of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. Additional support for the exhibit was provided by the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health and the American Medical Women’s Association. The traveling exhibition is based on a major exhibition displayed at the National Library of Medicine from 2003-2005.

For a complete schedule of events surrounding the exhibit, visit www.wvhealthywomen.org or contact Elizabeth Critch Parsons at (304) 293-2895.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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