Posts tagged: AWM events

October 12: “Legacy of Science: A Tribute to Ruth Sager, Ph.D.”

By , September 22, 2010

Tuesday, October 12th, 4-6 pm
Jimmy Fund Auditorium, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Please join us for a celebration of Ruth Sager, Ph.D., (1918-1997), with talks from Jack Szostak, Ph.D., and Mary Hendrix, Ph.D., both of whose early scientific careers were influenced by Dr. Sager.

Dr. Ruth Sager joined the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 1975 as the Chief of the Division of Cancer Genetics, where she investigated the roles of tumor suppressor genes. That same year, Dr. Sager was appointed Professor of Cellular Genetics in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School. She was also known for her earlier research in cytoplasmic genetics, which among many other things showed that the uniparental genetic system exists alongside the nuclear genome.

About the speakers:

Jack Szostak, Ph.D.
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Alexander Rich Distinguished Investigator, Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital
2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Recipient

Mary Hendrix, Ph.D.

President and Scientific Director,
Children’s Memorial Research Center
Medical Research Institute Council Professor
Northwestern University

The Archives for Women in Medicine will be screening a video clip from a 1982 oral history interview with Dr. Ruth Sager, produced by the Joint Committee on the Status of Women.

This program is part of an event series co-sponsored by Countway Library’s Archives for Women in Medicine and HMS’s affiliated hospitals to celebrate pioneering and contemporary women leaders in medicine and science.

Save the date! Women in Medicine: Three Generations at MGH, May 14th

By , February 24, 2010

Three Generations flyer

Women in Medicine: Three Generations at MGH

Friday, May 14th 2010, 2-4 pm, Simches Conference Room (3110), MGH

Please join us for a special event celebrating three generations of outstanding women at MGH. Learn about their research, experiences, and the impact they’ve had on medicine and the wider MGH community.

“In this program, we have a vivid example of the far reaching impact senior physicians have on their trainees and junior colleagues, men as well as women. It’s a rare opportunity to see and hear one set in the same afternoon.”

– Eleanor G. Shore, M.D., MPH
Chairperson, Archives for Women in Medicine Committee


  • Screening of an oral history interview from the Archives for Women in Medicine with Janet Ward McArthur, M.D. (1914-2006)
  • Keynote lecture by Patricia K. Donahoe, M.D.
  • Talks from Dr. Donahoe’s former trainees, Antonia Stephen, M.D., Instructor in Surgery, and AnneKathryn Goodman, M.D., Associate Director, Division of Gynecology Oncology
  • Introduction by W. Gerald Austen, M.D.

Presented by the Archives for Women in Medicine, the MGH Office for Women’s Careers, and the MGH Planning Committee.

Past event: Honoring Carol C. Nadelson

By , October 9, 2009

Courtesy of Nadelson


The Trustees of the Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine cordially invite you to attend the 10th Annual Alma Dea Morani, M.D. Renaissance Woman Award Presentation


Carol C. Nadelson, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and
Director of Partners Office for Women’s Careers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Hosted by the Archives for Women in Medicine


Friday, October 9, 2009
9:00 AM
Minot Room
Countway Library






This Award honors an outstanding woman physician or scientist in North America

  • who has furthered the practice and understanding of medicine in our lifetime and made significant contributions outside of medicine, for example, in the humanities, arts or social sciences
  • whose determination and spirit have carried her beyond traditional pathways in medicine and science;
  • and who chall enges the status quo with a passion for learning.

For more information about Dr. Nadelson and her many accomplishments, please go to:


Past event: The 35th Anniversary of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine Joint Committee on the Status of Women

By , October 27, 2008

Guest speakers include:

  • Jeffrey S. Flier, M.D., Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine
  • Judith D. Singer, Ph.D., Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and the James Bryant Conant Professor of Education, Harvard University
  • Nancy J. Tarbell, M.D., Dean for Academic and Clinical Programs, Harvard Medical School and the C.C. Wang Professor of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Ellice S. Lieberman, M.D, Dr.P.H., Dean for Faculty Affairs, Harvard Medical School and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Monday, October 27, 2008, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Longwood Hall, The Inn at Longwood Medical, 342 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA
A reception will follow the event.


Past event: Why Women Can’t Be Doctors: The Medieval Origins of Women’s Marginal Status in Medicine

By , May 8, 2008
"Why Women Can't Be Doctors" flyer

"Why Women Can't Be Doctors" flyer

May 8, 2008
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Reception to follow
Countway Library

Monica Green, Professor of History, Arizona State University
Countway Fellow, 2007-2008

Although women now constitute half of entering classes in almost all medical schools in the U.S. and other western countries, there is still concern about why there seems to be a glass ceiling preventing women’s rise up the academic ladder within medicine. Most analyses that examine trends in women’s work in the medical disciplines tend to look at a very short chronological span—a few decades at most. Little attention is paid to the fact that women were almost universally excluded from formal medical training until 1849, when Elizabeth Blackwell took what is usually recognized as the first formal M.D. degree granted to a woman. If we look back before 1849, we can better assess what intrinsic characteristics of western medicine have kept women from establishing authority as medical practitioners. This talk will go back to the European Middle Ages (and beyond) to examine how women came to be non-authorities even in the field of medicine most relevant to them: gynecology and obstetrics.

Download the Flyer for “Why Women Can’t Be Doctors”


Past event: Celebrating Grete Bibring!

By , November 15, 2007
Celebrating Grete Bibring flyer

Celebrating Grete Bibring flyer

Panel Discussion and Reception, November 15, 2007 4:00 to 7:00 at the Countway Library
One of the key members of the “second generation” of Freudian scholars, Grete L. Bibring played a leading role in the integration of psychiatry with general patient care.  As a clinician, teacher, researcher, and administrator, Bibring influenced a generation of medical students, psychiatric residents, physicians, social workers, and nurses, internationally.

An exhibit of materials from Dr. Bibring’s extensive personal and professional papers will be on display, and a distinguished panel will discuss the contributions of Dr. Bibring to psychiatry and medicine.  This exhibit coincides with the official opening of the Bibring papers to historical and scientific research.

4:00- 5:30 Panel Discussion

  • Sanford Gifford, PhD, Director of Archives at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
  • Evelynn Hammonds, PhD, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity and Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University
  • Mitchell T. Rabkin, M.D., CEO emeritus of Beth Israel Hospital and CareGroup and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Margaret Rossiter, PhD, Marie Underhill Noll Professor of the History of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University

5:30-7:00 Reception

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Past event: “A Lady Alone”

By , September 7, 2006

A Lady Alone flyer“A Lady Alone” a resounding success!
The Countway Library and the Archives for Women in Medicine co-sponsored A Lady Alone: Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, First Woman Doctor in the US, a one-act, one-woman play, written by N. Lynn Eckhert, MD, Harvard Medical International.  The play was staged on September 7th, 2006 to a very enthusiastic audience.

Some comments include: ” a(n) historic tour de force”; “both actress and playwright have an abundance of talent”; “points subtly reinforced, history well documented”; ” a unique learning experience”; “We’ve come a long way, doctor!”

Dr Blackwell earned her medical degree in 1849 from Geneva Medical College (now Hobart and William Smith College), although her admission as a female candidate was considered a joke (to the administration) and an irritant (to the students). She became the founding physician for the innovative New York Infirmary for Women and Children, an institution staffed by women doctors for women patients.

Dr Eckhert was inspired to write this play after visiting Hobart and William Smith College with her son on a college tour. “It is a story that needed to be told.” She conducted meticulous research, using the original Blackwell family letters. Modeled in the style of William Luce’s play about Emily Dickinson, The Belle of Amherst, A Lady Alone is performed by Linda Kelley, a professional actress.

Download the flyer for “A Lady Alone


Past event: Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians

By , March 23, 2006
"Changing the Face of Medicine" flyer

"Changing the Face of Medicine" flyer

On March 23rd 2006, the Countway Library officially opened the National Library of Medicine/American Library Association’s exhibition “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.”   The exhibition 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 the medical specialty they chose.

Past event: Enhancing the Culture: Creating environments that support women’s success

By , March 19, 2006

March 29,2006  4:00  PM Panel, Reception to follow
Ballard Auditorium, 5th Floor, Countway Library, 10 Shattuck St.

Organizations benefit when they can attract, retain, and advance talented people. What works? This is an opportunity to share success stories, innovative initiatives, and new ideas about how organizational culture can be enhanced to support women. The discussion will be kicked off by panel members; audience members will share views and experiences, offer reports on current and proposed activities, suggestions, and questions. A moderator will help participants investigate ideas, make connections, and summarize what we’ve learned. A resource table will be available for participants to distribute their own program materials.

Opening remarks:  Ellice S. Lieberman, D.R.PH., M.D., Harvard Medical School


  • Linda J. Wilcox, Harvard Medical School, Moderator
  • Marilyn Hausammann, Harvard University
  • Joan Reede, M.D., Harvard Medical School
  • Rebecca Starr, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Nancy J. Tarbell, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital

View Poster (pdf)

Co-sponsored by HMS/HSDM Joint Committee on the Status of Women; HMS Office of Human Resources;  Center for Workplace Learning and Performance; Office for Diversity and Community Partnership and the Archives for Women in Medicine at Countway Library of Medicine


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