I started my first attending job 16 weeks pregnant, and it was a little scary and awkward trying to figure out when I should tell people and who to tell first.
Dr. Karalynn Otterness
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March 11th, 2021
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: Medical Pioneers
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH: Fast Facts
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In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the United States to be granted an MD degree. In 1857, she co-founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children to serve the poor.
The first African American woman in the United States to earn an MD degree, Rebecca Lee Crumpler graduated from New England Female Medical College in Boston, Massachusetts and cared for formerly enslaved people.
She graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1933 and became the first director of Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital’s new division of anesthesia in 1938. She created the Apgar score in 1953, the first tool to assess a neonate’s health risks and need for life-saving observation.