Traveling Exhibition Honoring Women in Medicine Comes to UW-Madison

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Changing the Face of Medicine

Madison - "Changing the Face of Medicine," a national traveling exhibition honoring the lives and achievements of American women in medicine, past and present, will open in the UW-Madison Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) on Wednesday, February 3.


Sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the exhibition will be on display daily from 7:30am to 11:45pmin the atrium of the Health Sciences Learning Center, 750 Highland Ave., in Madison. The exhibition, which runs through March 19, 2010, is open to the public.


Judith Leavitt, PhD, a professor of medical history and bioethics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH), and Gloria Sarto, PhD, SMPH professor of obstetrics and gynecology and co-director of the UW Center for Women's Health Research, were among the planners.


"We are extremely proud to be part of this important project, which highlights the rich diversity of women physicians in our country and the broad range of medicine they have practiced," says Micaela Sullivan-Fowler, assistant director for marketing and strategic communications at UW-Madison's Ebling Library for the Health Sciences.


The Health Sciences Learning Center is one of 61 sites chosen to display the exhibition.


In addition to six panel sectionals, two interactive kiosks offer access to the "Changing the Face of Medicine" Web site. Educational and professional resources for those considering medicine as a career are listed on the Web site, as are lesson plans for classroom activities. The site also includes a section called "Share Your Story," which allows the public to add stories about women physicians they know, and it links to another Web site called "Local Legends."


A separate exhibit showcasing Wisconsin physicians will also be on display, says Sullivan-Fowler.


"Women physicians have always been part of the fabric of UW's medical education, training, research and care," she says. "Madison's women physicians continue to take the lead in women's health, public health, policy making and all other facets of medicine, making our city a premier site for clinical care, training and ground-breaking research."


A series of related events has been planned. They include:

  • Panel Discussion, Dr. Sarah E. GaleWyrick, Dr. Judith W. Leavitt, Dr. Gloria E. Sarto, Dr. Marquita R. Decker, Thursday, February 4, 4pm, HSLC 1335

  • Opening Reception, Thursday, February 4, 5-6pm, HSLC atrium

  • Guest speaker, Dr. Rima Apple. "How Gender Shaped Science and Education: A history of nutritional sciences in the 19th and 20th centuries," Thursday, February 25, noon-1 pm, HSLC 1335

  • Guest speaker, Dr. Molly Carnes. "Gender Equity in Academic Medicine," Thursday, March 4, noon-1pm, HSLC 1335

  • Guest speaker, Dr. Eve Fine. "Pathways to Practice: Women Entering Medicine in 19th-Century Chicago," Thursday, March 11, noon-1pm, HSLC 1335

  • Guest speaker, Dr. Anne Weiss. "Experiences of a Navy Neurologist," Wednesday, March 17, noon-1pm, HSLC 1345

  • Art exhibit, featuring the work of local women physician artists. Ebling Library's third-floor gallery

Date Published: 02/01/2010

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