The Elizabeth Blackwell Society

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The Elizabeth Blackwell Society, started by a group of first year medical students in 2008, seeks to inspire, empower, and connect women in medicine.  EBS is a student run group dedicated to highlighting the accomplishments of women in medicine, to addressing the unique lifestyles women in medicine face, and to fostering relationships between faculty and students.   

Some of the most important activities sponsored by EBS include a faculty-to-student mentoring system, a student-to-student mentoring system, regular talks from healthcare providers addressing a range of topics within medicine and fundraising for charities such as the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer and Go Red for cardiovascular health.

We want to thank you for visiting our site and encourage you to check back often for updates on our upcoming events. In the meanwhile, peruse our pages to learn more about what is going on within the Elizabeth Blackwell Society right now!

Spring 2014 EBS Upcoming Events


March 18th, 2014

The Elizabeth Blackwell Society and Penn Med Veterans Group are co-sponsoring a lunch conversation. Dr. Francesca Engel from the VA will discuss some of the health and psychosocial issues unique to veteran women, who often struggle to find the same recognition and support their male counterparts do.Please join us at 1PM in Stemmler 102A. Indian food from Tandoor will be served.


February 26th, 2014

In collaboration with the Leo Leung Orthopaedic Society, EBS is hosting a panel discussion on women in orthopaedics at 6 p.m. in STM102A. Dinner from Hummus will be provided. Panelists will include Dr. Kristy Weber, an orthopaedic oncologist at Pennsylvania hospital, Dr. Ines Lin, a hand surgeon covering both the plastic surgery and orthopaedic surgery departments at CHOP, and two senior residents, Dr. Mara Schenker and Dr. Christina Endress. Ortho continues to be one of the most gender-segregated specialties in medicine. Please come and hear some myths about women in ortho dispelled by those who have personally thrived in the field.


January 28, 2014

EBS is hosting a round robin Q&A session with fourth year medical students. First year students and the upperclassmen will discuss topics including mentorship, clerkships, specialty decisions, and scholarly pursuits in a casual setting while enjoying snacks. The event will take place in Stemmler Rooms 102A,B&C and will run from 4:15-5pm


Winter 2013 EBS Events

This semester EBS has been busy holding events surrounding the topics of women in medicine and mentorship.  Moving forward, we will continue to address these topics, with the hopes of engaging people from all gender identities.  Take a look at what we've done so far:


January 22, 2013
First Brown Bag Lunch Discussion -  Our first topic was broad: Concerns about Being a Women in Medicine.  To get discussion started, we watched part of Sheryl Sandberg's TED Talk, Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders.  Our goal for our Brown Bag Lunch Discussions is to get together over lunch time once a month or so to discuss various issues of interest surrounding women in medicine.  We hope to create a comfortable, casual environment for people to share and discuss.

January 31, 2013
MS1-Upperclassmen Mentoring Social - We hosted a "round robin" social during which MS1s rotated from group to group and discussed different topic during each rotation.  Topics included mentorship, clerkships, choosing a specialty, residency applications, year out, and scholarly pursuits.  Everyone enjoyed tasty refreshments and conversation full of useful advice.
*See photo slideshow of this event top right*

February 21, 2013
Faculty Mentor Speed Dating for Penn Women Medical Students- Co-sponsored with UPenn's FOCUS on Health and Leadership for Women, this event was a great opportunity to meet and chat with female physicians from across the Penn Medicine community.  Thanks to FOCUS for organzing a great event!  
*See photo slideshow of this event bottom right*

Feburary 26, 2013
Mentorship Advice Panel - A panel targeted to all medical students (males, females and people of all gender identities) to get advice and ask questions about how to establish a great mentor-mentee relationship.  Our panelists included Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal MD PhD MA FRCS, Instructor in Gastrointestinal Surgery, Dr. Joan M. Von Feldt, MD, MSEd, Associate Chief of Staff, Education, PVAMC, Rachel Yang, MS4, expert mentee.  Thanks to our panelist for a great session of advice!

April 7, 2013
Community Health Fair, Women's Nutrition Booth - In partnership with the Medical Student Government of the first year class, EBS put together  a fun and educational nutrition booth for a community center in West Philadelphia.  The booth included a demo of health snacks and parfait making, as well as handouts on tips for good nutrition.  Thanks to MSG and the Community Center for organizing and hosting! 

May 16, 2013

Path to Medicine - EBS held an event with the Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences in partnership with the Penn Fertility Care, "Path to Medicine," to introduce 23 Philadelphia high school girls to medical careers.  The event included the following sessions:

  • Introduction to Healthcare Professions
  • Paths to Medicine Panel
  • H&P Case Study with Gross Pathology & Anatomy
  • Suturing Workshop 
  • Lunch, Q&A Discussion 
EBS members and the high schools girls had a great time getting to know each other and participating in the various sessions.  Thanks to all our volunteers and to PARS organizers for a great event!