The Changing Face of Medicine

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Blog post by  Minerva A. Romero Arenas

We cannot all succeed if half of us are held back.

– Malala Yousafzai

Elizabeth Blackwell, a teacher and immigrant to the U.S., turned to medicine after a friend confided on her deathbed that she would have been spared much suffering had her physician been a woman. She went on to become the first woman to earn the Medical Doctorate in the U.S. She was admitted as a prank by the all-male students on the faculty – who allowed the students to vote on Elizabeth’s admission never thinking they would allow a woman to become their peer. The face of medicine has changed significantly in the 160+ years since Dr. Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical College (now Hobart and William Smith College/SUNY).

Women are pursuing medical careers in record-breaking numbers. Female applicants to medical schools went from less than 10% in 1965, to…

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