December 2012

Succeeding against all odds


Today, more young women than ever are dazzled by the idea of becoming doctors. They dominate medical schools as they do many other professional schools and higher education in general. It’s a far cry from 150 years ago when Elizabeth Blackwell made history as the first woman admitted to an American medical school. And it’s a far cry from the early 1970s when I applied to medical school in the midst of a changing society.