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Panel and Exhibit Celebrate Women in Medicine at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library

By Monica Garcia, MA, MLIS
Health and Life Sciences Librarian
UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, Los Angeles

Linda Rosenstock, MD, MPH; Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, moderated the one-hour panel presentation, Voices: Perspectives on Women in Medicine, on April 4, 2012, at the UCLA Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. The discussion focused on the advancement of women in the medical profession, and the ways women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine, in the hopes of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers. Dr. Rosenstock was joined by Margaret Stuber, MD, Jane and Marc Nathanson Professor of Psychiatry; Cambria Garell, MD, Pediatrics Resident, and Molly Diaz, MD/MPH PRIME student. The UCLA PRIME Program is a five-year program to develop leaders in medicine who address policy, care, and research issues in healthcare for underserved populations. The program leads to the M.D. degree, and a master’s degree in an area that complements the mission of the program.

Apart from hierarchies and the lack of representation of women in medicine over time, the panelists and moderator spoke of opportunities and the importance of mentorship in the fields of medicine and public health. The audience, composed of students in the various professional schools and undergraduate pre-medicine majors, rejoiced at the chance to find support in their professional and academic development at this community event. The panel proved to be a great opportunity to meet librarians and look forward to future programming opportunities at the Library.

The panel complemented the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibition Changing the Face of Medicine. This exhibition honors the lives and achievements of women in medicine, by showcasing their accomplishments, which have transformed medicine throughout American history. The exhibition web site features an intriguing glimpse of various women physicians, in videos describing their medical journeys in their own words. The exhibit is on display at the Biomedical Library through April 22.

Judy Consales, Director of the Biomedical Library, commented: “The NLM chose an excellent focus for the exhibit. We have already received feedback from UCLA students, faculty, and staff who felt inspired through their experience with the exhibit and the panel. The Biomedical Library looks forward to future collaborations and traveling exhibits.”

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