UMDNJ's Women in Medicine
oday, women are entering fields once dominated by men at unprecedented levels. The health professions are no exception. In UMDNJ’s medical and dental schools, women are matriculating in record numbers. We are proud of our track record in recruiting and retaining top female students, faculty members, and academic and administrative leaders in all of our schools.
In this issue of UMDNJ Magazine, we are presenting to you some of our highly talented and motivated physicians, dentists and nurses. We chose to profile about a dozen women from the “top docs” lists published by New York, Philadelphia and SJ magazines, physicians who have been chosen by their peers as stand-outs in their fields. In addition, you will find an article on a female anesthesiology resident, a female dentist serving as an associate dean in our dental school, several women surgeons practicing in male-dominated subspecialties, and four nurses who recently earned their doctorates in our nursing school’s new and highly reputed Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
These women have answered some of our tough questions, including how the delivery of healthcare is changing, why certain specialties appear to be more “female friendly,” what it takes to be a top doctor or achieve excellence in any of the health professions, and how happy they are in their chosen fields.
As you’ll read in these pages, our women physicians and dentists feel proud of the many challenges they’ve met successfully, also recognizing there are still obstacles. It’s clear to me that they will be leaders in their fields, will speak out on issues affecting delivery of health care across our state and nation, and will help to set policy, influence change, and serve as role models to future generations.
William F. Owen, Jr., MD
President of UMDNJ