Ann Preston MD (1813-1872)
As we celebrate Womenâs History Month, it is the appropriate time to celebrate the women in medicine who have come before us. In the last century since the Flexner Report, the proportion of women in leadership positions still has a long journey ahead. A 2018 AAMC report notes that in 2018, women account for 16% of deans, 18% of department chairs, and 25% of full professors. Here at the Perelman School of Medicine, we are ahead of these benchmarks with women representing 33% of our department chairs and xx % of full professors, as of 2022. With this background in mind, the highlighted biography of this key figure in American Academic Medicine takes on added meaning. …
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Last year, the national conversation shifted in sharp focus to the structural inequities which have shaped our society for centuries. We had already witnessed the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color, however it was the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020 which struck the heart and soul of the nation. The country witnessed a summer of protests and conversations which were focused on the frustration and fatigue related to the continued evidence of structural racism, dating back 400 years. The confluence of the inequities observed during the pandemic and the continued evidence of inequities in interactions between police and black and brown communities created a national reckoning regarding structural racism not only across the country,…
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The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is excited to welcome Delores Brisbon on September 24th to celebrate Women in Medicine month. Mrs. Brisbon will be speaking at 1pm in the Flyers/76ers Surgery Theater in HUP.
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In honor of Women in Medicine month, and the anniversary of Dr. Clara Hillesheim’s graduation, the Office of Inclusion and Diversity and the Penn Special Interest Group in Health Disparities and Health Equity hosted two former United States Surgeons General, to share their experiences.
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Dr. Farzana Rashid Hossain has been selected for a 2016 Women of Distinction Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
Dr. Farzana Rashid Hossain has been selected for a 2016 Women of Distinction Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Dr. Rashid Hossain was also appointed to the Philadelphia Commission for Women by Mayor Kenney earlier this year.
Rashid Hossain's honors and awards include the Health Care Heroes Award from Penn Medicine and the Radhika Srinivasan Award for Humanism and Professionalism at the division of Gastroenterology at Penn Medicine.
"Dr. Rashid Hossain is an outstanding physician who is committed to helping the Philadelphia community through her expertise in medicine as well as serving on this important committee," said Anil K. Rustgi,…
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September is Women in Medicine Month, an annual reminder to pause and remember the multitude of contributions women have made to the advancement of medicine.
September is Women in Medicine Month, an annual reminder to pause and remember the multitude of contributions women have made to the advancement of medicine. Dr. Helen Octavia Dickens, the University of Pennsylvania's first African American female full professor in the Medical School, was also the first African American Woman admitted to the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Virginia Apgar introduced the first test to assess the health of newborn babies in 1953. Dr. Gertrude Hunter was appointed the first national director of health services for Project Head Start in 1965, and helped create a…
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