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April 30, 2010

SIU Med School Hosts “Changing the Face of Medicine” Public Program

The subject of women in medicine is the focus of a public program in May at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine from 3:30 - 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, in the SIU medical library (fourth floor), 801 N. Rutledge St., Springfield.  

The program is presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Changing the Face of Medicine:  Celebrating America’s Women Physicians.”  It tells the 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.

The event begins with an afternoon tea and viewing of the exhibit.  The sessions begin at 4 p.m. with a talk “Finding a Mentor:  Women and Medicine One Hundred Years Ago” by Deborah McGregor, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of Illinois Springfield.  It is followed by a presentation “Thirty Years in Medicine:  What Has Changed and What Hasn’t” by Dr. Holly Novak, a cardiologist at Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants in Springfield and volunteer assistant professor of internal medicine at SIU.

The traveling exhibition was developed by the Exhibition Program of the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office.  It has been made possible by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health.  The American Medical Women’s Association provided additional support.
The exhibit is co-sponsored by St. John’s Hospital Health Sciences Library and the Illinois State Library.  It is open to the public during the School's regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays through May 12.  For more information about the exhibit, go to the Web site, call the SIU medical library at 217-545-2113 or e-mail

Established in 1970, SIU School of Medicine is this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding.   The School’s mission is to assist the people of central and southern Illinois in meeting its health care needs through education, patient care, research, and service to the community.  Its Web site is

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