HSLIC To Host National Exhibit, Honor Local Docs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2009 Contact: Luke Frank, Media Relations Manager, 505/272-3679

“Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians”ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Women doctors are the focus of a new traveling exhibition running April 10 - May 20, 2009, on the UNM Health Sciences Center North Campus. Several events around the exhibit will feature a number of prominent women physicians in New Mexico. "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians" tells the extraordinary story of how American women who wanted to practice medicine have struggled over the past two centuries to gain access to medical education and to work in a medical specialty of choice.Since the mid-1800s, when Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to earn an M.D. degree in America, women have made enormous strides in every area of medicine and have achieved success in work once considered "unsuitable" for women. New Mexico enjoys its own cadre of distinguished pioneering women in medicine who will share their experiences and stories, from the first female medical resident in New Mexico, Dr. Alice Cushing in 1956, to the current CEO of UNM’s Cancer Research & Treatment Center, Dr. Cheryl Willman. Exhibit programs include: Thursday, April 16, 6-7:30 p.m., Domenici Center Lobby & Auditorium “Creating Hope,” Opening Reception features guest speaker Dr. Cheryl Willman, renowned childhood leukemia expert and CEO of UNM’s Cancer Research & Treatment Center. Willman will be joined by honored guest, retired pediatrician and Native New Mexican Dr. Alice Cushing, New Mexico’s first female medical resident (see attached brief). Thursday, April 23, noon-1 p.m., Domenici Center, Room 3010 “Contributing to the Well-Being of Communities at Home” Panel Discussion features speakers Carla Herman, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Division Chief for Geriatrics, UNM; Melvina McCabe, M.D., Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, UNM; Helene Silverblatt, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Director, Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health, UNM; and Linda M. Stogner, M.D., Medical Director, Presbyterian Medical Service Clinics at Quay Co., Logan, and Mountainair. Wednesday, April 29, 5-6 p.m., College of Pharmacy Auditorium “A Lady Alone – Elizabeth Blackwell: First American Woman Doctor” one-woman play performed by Linda Gray Kelley. Performance sponsored by the UNM School of Medicine, Office of Student Services. Thursday, April 30, noon-1 p.m., Domenici Center, Room 3010 “Cross-Generational Views of Women in Medicine” Panel Discussion features speakers Loretta Cordova de Ortega, M.D., Professor and Chair for Pediatrics, UNM; Erin Corriveau, Senior Medical Student, UNM; Gayle DinéChacon, M.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Native American Health, UNM; Santana Fontana, M.D., Physician with Presbyterian Medical Group High Desert Clinic; and Diane Klepper, M.D., Emerita Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, UNM. March 26 - December 30, Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, Room 223 “Las Doctoras: Medical Missionaries in Northern New Mexico” In-house accompanying exhibit from the New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Girl Scout Day Women physicians are now found in every branch of medicine in New Mexico and beyond. They are researchers on the cutting edge of new medical discoveries, educators, surgeons, family practitioners, specialists, and government officials. "Changing the Face of Medicine" features the life stories of a rich diversity of women physicians from around the nation and highlights the broad range of medical specialties women are involved in today. The National Library of Medicine (NLM), Bethesda, MD, and the American Library Association, Chicago, IL, organized the exhibition with support from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health, and the American Medical Women's Association. The traveling exhibition is based on a larger exhibition that was displayed at the NLM from 2003-2005. In New Mexico, the exhibit is hosted by the Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center with support from the Khatali Physicians Alumni Association. F or more information on special lectures and other local events associated with "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians," visithttp://hsc.unm.edu/library/.

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