Friday, June 20, 2008

Keynote Lecture tomorrow night!

The keynote lecture for the exhibit Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians is coming up tomorrow night, 7:00 p.m. in the OHSU Old Library Auditorium on the Marquam Hill campus of OHSU.

The talk, "A Brief History of Women in Medicine," will be given by Sima Desai, M.D. Dr. Desai is associate professor of medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine, Section Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, and associate director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program. She received her MD from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in 1994 and completed her residency in Internal Medicine here at OHSU. Her current clinical interest is in hospitalist medicine, which focuses on the care of patients who have been admitted to the inpatient setting. She also has a strong interest in the history of women in medicine, and provides a series of lectures on the topic to first year medical students in the history of medicine courses here at OHSU.

It being a weekend evening, there should be ample parking available behind the Old Library itself.

And, in a nice related development, we have just received some new information on one of our women graduates. Judy Hakin, Curator of Collections at the Anacortes History Museum in Anacortes, WA, contacted us for information on Minnie Bell Burdon, M.D., who graduated from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1908. We had a little bit of biographical information on Minnie, and a class picture from 1908. The Class of 1908 had a remarkable number of women in it--five of 23 graduates--all of whom are shown in the photo. Unfortunately, none of the graduates was identified by name. Judy was able to recognize Minnie, whom we now know is in the second row from the top, second in from the left (image below). Thanks Judy!

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