Today, Feb. 3, is a very important day in the history of medicine. It is National Women Physicians Day; this date marks the birthday of a legendary female physician, Elizabeth Blackwell, MD.
Dr. Blackwell was the first American woman to earn a medical degree. She continues to be an inspiring role model to the thousands of women who dream of becoming a physician. Dr. Blackwell attended Geneva Medical College in New York and pursued a career in obstetrics and gynecology. She also was one of the founders of the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children. Today that hospital is known as New York-Presbyterian / Lower Manhattan Hospital.
There is much to celebrate for female physicians. In 2010, women made up nearly one-third of the physician workforce. And according to the Association of American Medical Colleges, 47 percent of medical students and 46 percent of interns/residents are women.
Thank you to all the female physicians who are dedicated to providing safe and quality health care to our patients and families.
– Message from Kurt Barwis ACHE Regent