Elizabeth Blackwell visited Columbia College in the 1830’s and “daydreamed of claiming a place alongside the men of Columbia,” as Janice P. Nimura ’01GSAS, P: ’22CC writes in her book, the New York Times bestseller The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women—and Women to Medicine. While that door remained closed to women for another 140 years, Elizabeth did open the door to medical school, fighting for a seat among men to study medicine and becoming the first American woman to earn a medical degree in 1849. Her sister Emily became the third, and in 1857, the Blackwell sisters founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, the first hospital staffed entirely by women, on Bleecker Street.
Join us for a conversation about American women in medicine—as well as the medical treatment of American women and children—at its earliest beginnings and now, 172 years later, with panelists Dr. Stephanie Bernik ’89CC, P: ’24CC, Dr. Keiko Hirose ’89CC, and Janice P. Nimura.
The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Zahrah Taufique ’09CC, ’15BUS, ’15VPS, a fellow in Pediatric ENT and Facial Plastics at Children's Minnesota, the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children. Prior to that, she completed her residency at NYU Langone Health where she served as Co-Chair, House Staff Patient Safety Council. Dr. Taufique is a board member of Columbia College Women and has been a member of the Columbia University Senate and the Columbia College Student Council.