Women in Medicine: Past, Present and Future

Women in Medicine: Past, Present and Future

04 March 2020

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

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  • Join us to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow. Women in Scotland have been increasingly visible as medical practitioners in the recent past. Since the matriculation of the Edinburgh Seven - the first female medical students at Edinburgh University - in 1869, it is now estimated that 45% of doctors in the UK are female. At the same time, the way we understand women as patients has been changing as we move away from seeing the male body as the ‘typical’ patient. Talk with researchers over a showcase that explores women’s history and future: explore our heritage collections, learn about significant medical women in history, and discover how women are now shaping the future of medicine.

    This will be followed by the President's lecture, given by Dr Doyin Atewologun, Director of the Gender, Leadership & Inclusion Centre at Cranfield School of Management. Drawing on her own research and other published studies Doyin will explore gender, bias and career progression including myths relating to women’s career progression and the role of senior leaders in advancing gender equality at the very top of professions.

    This event is part of our Series of Medical Lates programme, in collaboration with the Anatomy Facility at the University of Glasgow.


    Women in Medical Books- Dr Ourania Varsou, University of Glasgow

    Join our stall to have a lively discussion about women’s contribution in historical and modern medical books. A range of resources will be available to view including the American Women of Science by Edna Yost (1955), A Treatise on the Art of Midwifery by Elizabeth Nihell (1760), and De Dissectione Partium Corporis Humani Libri Tres by Charles Estienne (1545).

    Women of Anatomy-Jenn Gillespie, University of Glasgow

    Come and join us as we explore the lives and triumphs of the pioneering women of anatomical and medical sciences. By showcasing the discoveries and achievements of our predecessors, we can not only recognise and celebrate our history but also hopefully inspire future generations to promote the advancement of women in medical sciences in the years to come.

    Women of the College-Dr Morven McElroy, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

    2018 marked the election of the first female president in the College's history. However, women have been a vital part of the College for some time. Come and learn about the great women of the College's heritage and how they paved the way for many others!

    Art and Pain-Grace Worm

    Join a multimedia creative exploration of the relationship between art and pain. We hope to be a platform for women to share their experiences with pain in all its multitudes and forms.

    Elizabeth Blackwell- Caroline Davidson

    Discover the career and life of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female medical graduate in the USA who is buried here in Scotland.

    STEM Equals

    One of only eleven EPSRC funded projects under the Inclusion Matters initiative, STEM Equals is a four year research and impact project focused on creating more inclusive STEM communities for women and LGBT people in both academia and in industry. Through an intersectional lens, the project will examine working cultures within higher education and industry, including systemic inequalities faced by women and LGBT staff in STEM disciplines.

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    Registration and Research Stations

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    Have a look around different stations, where our collaborators will be discussing their research into women in medicine, past and present.

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    President's Lecture

    Dr Doyin Atewologun

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Closing date: 04 March 2020


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