September is Women in Medicine Month. This month's
examines the growing number and influence of women physicians in
the field. Below is a sample of sites on the World Wide Web that
provide additional information.
Changing the Face of Medicine
Changing the Face of Medicine is an exhibition that honors the
lives and achievements of women in medicine. Over the last 150
years, thousands of women have pursued a medical degree, practiced
medicine, conducted research, and lived full and rich lives. Their
stories and their careers inspire each succeeding generation of
women as they open doors, make new discoveries, and change the face
The exhibition's site,
, provides exhibition information, allows visitors to perform their
own customized database search to learn about the women physicians
featured in the exhibition, and provides online interactive
activities that use games and learning modules to bring issues of
science and medicine to life. Visitors may also post their own
stories about women physicians who they believe should be part of
the project and read stories that others have submitted.
, is an association and online magazine for allopathic and
osteopathic women in medicine. The MomMD community provides
resources and information for women physicians, residents, medical
students, and premed students. The site links to more than 7,000
pages of articles and discussion forum posts on everything from
becoming a physician to starting a medical practice to having a
child. Members range in age from 12 to 65, and many (around 80
percent) have children. Members receive regular e-mail articles,
newsletters and updates, access to professional and educational
services, and personal support.
The Women's Health Site
The Women's Health Site,
, an online resource of Duke University Medical Center, features
health care professional-oriented information on new developments
in women's health care. It is linked from some premium women's
health sites such as the American College of Obstetricians and
Gynecologists, the National Coalition for Women With Heart Disease,
the Epilepsy Foundation, and Imaginis.
The site offers free (with registration)
access to a growing collection of presentations used in continuing
education activities for physicians and other health professionals.
All downloadable presentations are in Microsoft PowerPoint
Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine
The Foundation for the History of Women in
Medicine was founded in 1998 to protect and preserve the history
of women in medicine and science. To carry out its mission, the
foundation provides funding to archives and organizations that
promote and preserve the history of women in medicine; provides
educational programs through exhibits loaned to schools,
organizations, and institutions; and each year honors an
outstanding woman in medicine with the Alma Dea Morani, MD,
Renaissance Woman Award.
Currently the foundation,
, has turned its attention to developing alliances with like-minded
organizations. While the foundation will continue to fund projects
for the archives and special collections, it has extended its
support outside of this single institution.
American Medical Women's Association
Founded in 1915 by Bertha VanHoosen, MD, the American Medical
Women's Association (AMWA)
is an organization of 10,000 women physicians
and medical students dedicated to serving as the unique voice for
women's health and the advancement of women in medicine. AMWA's
current priority issues include access to health care, reproductive
rights, tobacco cessation, and violence against women.
networking and mentoring opportunities, medical
education, and career development resources. There is a link to
theWoman to Woman mentoring program, which is
Web-based e-mentoring for students and residents to get advice they
need 24/7 from experienced women physicians. Also, the site offers
information about the organization's series of
Site visitors may also access articles from
Journal of the American Medical Women's Association
(JAMWA) which was the only peer-reviewed medical journal to focus
solely on women's health issues. AMWA's eight-page bimonthly
, can also be accessed online.
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