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03 Feb

Celebrate Inaugural National Women Physicians Day!

National Women Physicians Day - Sponsored by Physician Moms Group (PMG)

Physician Moms Group (PMG) has declared February 3rd as the first annual National Women Physicians Day. The non-profit organization did so in an effort to bring awareness and appreciation to women in the field of medicine. The date of new celebration was not selected at chance, but rather to honor a strong female that has made significant contributions to the healthcare industry.

February 3, 2016 marks the 195th birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell. While that name might not resonate with a lot of people, she has been a powerful female influence in healthcare for more than 100 years. In 1849, Blackwell became the first woman to graduate from a medical school in the U.S., attending Geneva Medical College in upstate New York. She went on to open her own medical school for women and start her own private practice. Throughout her professional career, she also served as a public health activist.  
 
When I was younger, my father always told me about her and encouraged me to become a doctor or scientist,” said Dr. Lola Blackwell Chambless, M.D. who is a member of PMG and also a direct descendant of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell. “The bottom line is that women are neither better nor worse physicians than men. We are a diverse group that brings a lot to the table. So I’m so excited to have a day where women physicians can celebrate their contributions.”

With the launch of National Women Physicians Day, PMG hopes to motivate more young women to feel inspired and encouraged to become physicians. According to the 2014 Census of Actively Licensed Physicians in the United States, 32 percent of physicians currently practicing in the U.S. are women. PMG is encouraging women physicians and even their patients across the country to celebrate their accomplishments on February 3 by sharing their stories and using the hashtags #NWPD, as well as #IAmBlackwell on social media platforms.
 
Ultimately, we are working toward the same goals – to help bring wellness to our respective communities for the greater good. And we want to celebrate that as women physicians,” said Dr. Hala Sabry, D.O., M.B.A, Founder of Physician Moms Group.

How will you celebrate the first annual National Women Physicians Day? Let us know by commenting below.
 

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