Celebrating Women in Medicine Month

This September we recognize the past, present, and future contributions of women in medicine.
Women in Medicine Month

Women in Medicine Month is an annual observance celebrated in September to honor and recognize the invaluable contributions of women in the field of medicine. This month-long celebration aims to raise awareness about the achievements, challenges, and progress made by female healthcare professionals throughout history and in the present day. It provides an opportunity to highlight the crucial roles that women play in advancing research, improving patient outcomes, and shaping the future of medicine. Here are some recent examples of TUSM's female leaders in medicine.

TUSM Alumna and Award-Winning Educator New Dean of Admissions

Amy Lee, MD, M02, steps in to lead MD program admissions with a focus on health justice.

A Conversation with Caroline Genco, Tufts’ New Provost and Senior Vice President

A distinguished researcher and accomplished administrative leader move from the interim role to the university’s permanent chief academic officer.

Leighla Dergham, MPH/PA26

"The world requires a new generation of healthcare providers that have a unique, multidisciplinary perspective on disease etiology to yield greater compassion and better health outcomes, and I hope to be a part of that driving force as a PA."

Jenna Schebor, DPT24

“I have always had an appreciation for health care providers and how selfless and genuine they are to people they may have never met before. My dream is to be a physical therapist in someone's life that gives them the confidence and tools for them to live as independent and healthy as possible!”

Dean to U.S. Senators: Action Needed on Antimicrobial Resistance

As an infectious disease physician, Tufts School of Medicine Dean Helen Boucher testified about the growing and deadly problem of drug-resistant pathogens.

Pointing Out the Blind Spots in Health Care, Infectious Disease

The COVID-19 pandemic helped Ph.D. student Adrianne Gladden-Young discover her voice. Now, she’s using it to reduce racial health disparities and create pathways for scientists from underrepresented groups.

Understanding Tuberculosis from the Bacterium’s Point of View

At Tufts University School of Medicine, Shumin Tan is investigating the human-microbe relationship to advance not just an understanding of tuberculosis, but any infection.

Tufts Alumna Was a Medical Pioneer in Hawaii

Nearly 100 years ago, Shizue Komu came to Tufts School of Medicine from Hawaii with a dream to become the first woman of Japanese descent to practice medicine with a degree there.

Emma Webb, PA23

“I chose to be a PA because I saw it as a way to use my passion for medicine to maximally benefit the people who need it the most.”

Following a Dream Generations in the Making

The path to Lytia Fisher, M14, becoming a physician may have been carved decades before she was born

Medical Student Comes ‘Full Circle’ as Instructor of Tufts Pipeline Program

Senila Yasmin, M25, completed the Teachers and High School Students (TAHSS) program at Tufts School of Medicine in 2014 and recently returned to the program as a medical student instructor

Alumni Profile: Becky Lee

Becky Lee’s, M17, passion for treating the medically underserved was fostered by the partnerships she developed while at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her legacy continues as a physician on the Street Team at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless.

Ikea Clark, DPT24

"Upon graduating, my goal is to work as a U.S. military physical therapist. I plan to work alongside combat injured and active-duty soldiers to optimize their health and quality of life post-traumatic injury."

Tufts Scientist Teams Up with Families to Find a Treatment for Rare Disease

Neuroscientist Michele Jacob studies the CTNNB1 gene, which is crucial for cell development, but a mutation in the gene can result in a developmental disorder with no cure.

Learn more about Women in Medicine Month by visiting the American Medical Association website.