Friday, February 3, 2017

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. –To recognize, honor, and celebrate female physicians and their contributions to healthcare, February 3rd has been declared National Women Physicians Day. This date also marks the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the U.S., who opened the door for the hundreds of thousands of female physicians who came after her.

Communities around the nation observe this holiday to celebrate how far we have come as a society in empowering females to choose careers in medicine, and to recognize the progress we still must make to support the development and equality of women in medicine.

"Female doctors are an integral part of our patient-centered healthcare system," explained Dr. Frank Mozdy, Chief Medical Officer for Summit Health. "We feel very fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated women physicians on our staff. However, we understand that nationally, women physicians only make up about one third of the physician work force, and statistically do not pursue higher paying specialties, and experience higher rates of burnout. At Summit Health, we not only value our women physicians tremendously but strive to show our support for them but to foster an environment where women can thrive and inspire others in our community to pursue careers in medicine."

During National Women Physicians Day, efforts center around honoring the physicians who paved the way for women in medicine, increasing awareness of the sacrifices and obstacles female physicians must overcome, inspiring the future generation of female physicians and pushing our society towards greater equality of the sexes within this field.