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Changing the Face of Medicine

Celebrating America’s Women Physicians

Note: The Changing the Face of Medicine exhibit has now closed. Please see below for a summary of events and an audio recording of the Opening Reception.

October 25 – December 5, 2010

The Changing the Face of Medicine exhibit highlights the many ways that women have influenced and enhanced the practice of medicine. The individuals featured in this exhibit provide an intriguing glimpse of the broader community of women doctors who are making a difference. The exhibit honors the lives and accomplishments of these women in the hope of inspiring a new generation of medical pioneers.

Join the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Libraries as it hosts this traveling exhibit created by the National Library of Medicine and celebrate many contributions of women physicians – both nationally and within Minnesota. All events are free and open to the public. Maps and directions can be found on the University of Minnesota website. You can also explore the exhibit online.

Program of Events:

Changing the Face of Medicine Exhibit

October 25 – December 5, 2010
Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall

Opening Reception

October 28, 2010; 3:00 – 6:00p (Program begins at 4:00p)
Mayo Memorial Auditorium

The opening reception will feature Dr. Deborah Powell as the keynote speaker. Dr. Powell’s resume includes many significant accomplishments including positions as the Dean Emeritus of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Academic Health Center Associate Vice President, and American Association of Medical Colleges Chair. Dr. Powell will be joined by Dr. Judith Kaur, Dr. Kathleen Annette, and Dr. Patricia Simmons who will speak of their experiences and accomplishments as women physicians.

Work/Life Balance Speaker Panel

November 16, 2010; 12:15-1:15p
MOOS Health Sciences Tower, Room 2-650

Join Dr. Carolyn Torkelson, Dr. Gretchen Rasmusson, and Ruth Rounds, MA, Founder of Life Dimensions, Inc. as they share their experiences and expertise in balancing a career in medicine with raising a family. Co-sponsored by the Women in Medicine Student Group. Light lunch provided.

Minnesota's Future Doctors Poster Session

November 1 – December 5, 2010
Bio-Medical Library, Diehl Hall

Minnesota's Future Doctors is a program that assists minority, immigrant, rural, and disadvantaged students in becoming a doctor. As a celebration of their accomplishments, the students’ research posters will be showcased as part of the larger exhibit.

“A Lady Alone” Elizabeth Blackwell Play

November 30, 2010; 6:00p – 8:00p
Coffman Union Theater

This one-woman play performed by Linda Grey Kelly highlights the life of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman doctor to graduate from medical school. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Reception to follow

Local Stories:

Minnesota Women Physicians: Female physicians working for a healthy Minnesota. Minnesota Physician. Volume XXlV, No. 6, September 2010.

Can a woman have it all? Ask the doctor. Park Bugle. October, 2010.

For more information, contact Erinn Aspinall, event co-planner, at

Photos, top to bottom: Dr. Deborah Powell, Dr. Kathleen Annette, Dr. Judith Kaur, Dr. Patricia Simmons.