Monday, January 8, 2018

Student Life for Women Studying to become Doctors

The Atlas Obscura web site offers a fascinating post by Anika Burgess from January 4, 2018, "Student Life at the First Medical College for Women: The pioneering women who faced jeers and discrimination to become doctors."  Burgess incorporates numerous historical photos and other items to both describe student life and also highlight some of the significant contributions of the women as they pursued their professional lives. 

The medical institution was founded in 1850 as the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania.  It was renamed as the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1867 and the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1970 when it became coed.  It then merged with merged with Hahnemann University to become McP Hahnemann University School of Medicine as part of Allegheny University of Health Sciences.  This university later declared bankruptcy in July 1998 and Drexel University took over management of MCP Hahnemann University of Health Sciences and ultimately integrated programs to become the Drexel University College of Medicine and Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions.
You can also visit the Legacy Center Archives of the Drexel University College of Medicine Archives and Special Collections for many other digital resources, a timeline on the history of women physicians, or other primary resource materials.