"Add women and stir” characterized the 1970’s approach to gender equity in medicine. This era was followed by the “pipeline dream”–ie, the fantasy that increasing the numbers of women would create equity; during this era institutions attempted to “fix the women” to become more like men. What have we learned from the experiences of these decades regarding both institutional approaches to advance women and the most successful strategies individual women are employing to achieve their goals? What role has the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) played in these regards?
Reflecting on her experiences during the past 30 years in medical education, Janet Bickel will offer both an historical view and a future-oriented look at the progress of women physicians and scientists. Ms. Bickel is now a Career Development Coach and Faculty Career and Diversity Consultant residing and working in the Washington, D.C., area. For 25 years, she worked for the Association of American Medical Colleges, and for 15 of those years she was the AAMC Director of Women in Medicine Programs. She is the author of over 35 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and of two books, including *Women in Medicine: Getting in, Growing and Advancing*. Few individuals have been as instrumental as Janet Bickel in facilitating the advance of American medical women, especially in academic medicine, and few are as qualified to reflect on that process.
More about the Kate Hurd-Mead Lecture: It began in 1950, the centennial year of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, later Medical College of Pennsylvania and one of the predecessor medical schools of the current Drexel University College of Medicine. The other sponsoring organization, the Section on Medical History of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, serves as Philadelphia’s regional society for the history of medicine. The Lecture honors Kate Campbell Hurd-Mead, an 1888 graduate of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Hurd-Mead was a practitioner, advocate for women’s health, and a significant pioneer in the scholarly study of the history of women physicians.
6:15 PM, Wednesday, March 17, 2004
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103
The Lecture will be followed by a reception, to which all persons who attend are invited.
Steven J. Peitzman, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine
3300 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19129
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