Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012
This Week's News
Celebrate phenomenal growth in female physicians with a new s(pin) on Pinterest
The growth in the number of female physicians in the United States has been staggering:
- The total number rose by 447 percent between 1980 and 2010.
- Since 1975, there has been a six-fold increase.
- Nearly half of medical students in 2011-2012 were women, compared to 31 percent in 1982-1983.
These are just three reasons why the AMA celebrates Women in Medicine Month every September. There are many ways to mark this special month, which this year features the theme "Promoting Leadership and Equality: Celebrating Gains in Gender Equity."
This September, the AMA Women Physicians Congress is putting a new s(pin) on celebrations by using Pinterest, a pinboard-style social photo-sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections.
On the AMA's Pinterest page, you'll find images ("pins") that celebrate accomplishments and advances by women in medicine since Elizabeth Blackwell became the nation's first woman to earn her medical degree in 1849. Take a moment to repin, like or comment on these images to celebrate the growing number and influence of women physicians in the medical profession. Not a Pinterest member? It's easy to sign up via your Facebook or Twitter accounts, or your email address.
Each week in September, the AMA will post new images on Pinterest relating to topics such as "Balancing Work and Life" and "Pay Equality for Women Physicians." Check for those throughout the month and repin, like or post a comment. Patients also can participate in the celebration by commenting on pins about how their woman physician is an inspiration, and why they are thankful for her.
Physicians also can download a flier and poster for their office walls. And check out the videos of female physicians discussing what inspires them and what it means to make a difference in a patient's life.