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Dean's Letter

Dean Rodney R. Parry

My hope for this special issue devoted to Women in Medicine is that readers will realize the major contributions women are making, through a myriad of callings, to the well-being of others.


As the women we profile attest, careers in medicine span the spectrum from researchers to specialists to international consultants. Sometimes, as was the case with Kathleen Eyster, Ph.D., basic biomedical sciences professor, it takes a mentor, friend or professor to guide the way. Perhaps this issue will help inspire others in similar pursuits.When I attended medical school, three women were in my Class of 1967. I often studied with them, and two were even cadaver mates in the anatomy lab. I think it's a positive sign that I don't remember anything unusual about our time in medical school. They were good classmates, first and foremost.

Inside this issue, you'll find an article featuring the perspectives of three of our earliest female graduates. It's safe to say medical education and medical professions have changed over the decades. But it's nice to know that even our earliest graduates had an overall positive experience at our school.

When I think of the progress that's been made, I think of my daughter-in-law, Jodi Scott, M.D., and my son, Eric. He's a stay-at-home dad, looking after their two daughters, when Jodi is at work. It's an arrangement now accepted by society. And neither my daughter-in-law nor I give pause when we talk about challenges one faces in medicine. And that's a good thing too.

Rodney R. Parry, M.D.
Vice President, health affairs, USD
Dean, medical school