Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oral histories on tap

Today will be spent capturing two more interviews for the OHSU Oral History Program and, in a first (at least since I started here), both interviews will be of women and conducted by women.

First up, Barbara Gaines will be speaking with Pamela J. Hellings, RN, PhD, CPNP-R, professor emerita of nurse-midwifery at the OHSU School of Nursing. Dr. Hellings received her master's degree in child-psychiatric nursing from UCLA in 1971 and her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Oregon in 1984. Hellings began her career at OHSU in 1975 as project director of the PNP Training Program. She quickly moved up the ladder, serving as Acting Chair of the Dept. of Family Nursing in 1983-1984 before being named to the post in 1985. Since stepping down as chair in 1989, Hellings has served as director of the Breastfeeding Program, director of Practice Plans and Privileges, and project director for several grants. In 2006, she was a visiting professor at Mahidol University Faculty of Nursing in Thailand. She has twice won the president's award from NAPNAP and was named Oregon PNP of the Year in 1986.

In the afternoon, Sima Desai will interview Cecille O. Sunderland Beyl, M.D., professor emerita of pediatric cardiology at the OHSU School of Medicine. Dr. Beyl received her undergraduate degree at American International College in Springfield, MA, before enrolling at the State University of New York College of Medicine. Graduating in 1962, she went on to an internship and residency in pediatrics at SUNY Upstate. In 1968, she came to Portland as a fellow in pediatric cardiology at the University of Oregon Medical School. She joined the faculty in 1970, and in 1983 was named director of the division of Pediatric Cardiology. She has received both the Allan J. Hill and Joseph B. Bilderback teaching awards, and the Chime Subcommittee Award for Humanism in Medicine. The daughter of a female physician, Dr. Beyl is very interested in issues and challenges faced by women in medicine.

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