Today is National Women Physicians Day! This day celebrates the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, who is the first woman to receive a medical degree in the US in 1849 and a trailblazer in the field of medicine. We owe a debt of gratitude not only to Dr. Blackwell but to the many women that have followed and contributed so much to medicine and to their patients. While 35% of US physicians are women, Cooper employs 44% women physicians.
The Women in Medicine group has organized a list of nominations of the many accomplished women physicians who work with us. This list was sent out with a Co-CEO email. Of course, this only represents a fraction of the wonderful and talented women we work with every day. We are all very lucky to work with these colleagues and acknowledge how much they bring to Cooper each and every day.
You can find more of our exceptional women physicians featured on the Cooper News blog by clicking here, including Meghan Morley, MD, a 4th year Orthopaedic Surgery resident at Cooper University Hospital with a passion for improving education. Her mission is to create opportunities for students to actively engage in both content and procedural learning during their medical school years so that they can begin residency with the knowledge and skills to provide high quality care to patients earlier in their training. In pursuit of this goal, she developed a content-based course for third year medical students in preparation for their fourth-year sub-intern rotations. The course has grown from a one-day event with students from five Philadelphia area schools to a five-week online course with students from ten schools across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The feedback from both student participants and faculty proctors has been very positive; she is working to establish this course as an annual event to be continued even after she graduates. Dr. Morley is part of a team awarded a $150,000 grant to develop a virtual reality surgical simulator focused on teaching learners about surgical anatomy. The aim of the project is to leverage a virtual reality platform to allow for high volume, low risk practice for learners so that they can be more prepared to participate in surgery on patients while maximizing patient safety. Way to go, Dr. Morley!