OU College of Medicine Renames Study Area After First African American Woman to Earn Medical Degree

The OU College of Medicine renamed a student study area at a ceremony in honor of the first African American woman in the U.S. to earn a medical degree.

According to a press release, OU medical students who are members of the college’s chapter of the American Medical Women’s Association thought of the idea to recognize contributions to medicine by women with diverse backgrounds. The ceremony was Thursday evening at the East Lecture Hall of the Basic Sciences Education Building on the OU College of Medicine campus in Oklahoma City.

“This ceremonial event is reflective of the empowerment that OU College of Medicine students feel as they pay homage and celebrate the pioneering work of women doctors who have come before them,” said Robert Salinas, OU College of Medicine assistant dean for diversity, inclusion and community engagement, in the release.

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