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Female doctors & students from "Across the World Unite"

Posted Aug 04 2010 10:52am

Kristin DeGirolamo and Pamela Verma reporting

"Globalization is not only out there, it is both here and there”. These remarks from keynote Speaker , Graduate Institute Geneva, set the tone for this year's formidable congress of women doctors and trainees regarding the scope of global medicine for developed and developing countries alike.

The was hosted in Munster, Germany, from July 27th-31st. The quaint town attracted ~600 delegates to the conference from more than 15 countries with strong representation from Europe and Africa. Founded in 1919, MWIA is one of the oldest international medical bodies that remains active today. Its mandate is to provide a forum for the issues of women’s health and the existence of women in the profession.

The triennial meeting was themed and featured plenaries on Gender Strategies and Violence, Addiction, Epidemic Plagues, Health Care, and Nutrition. A highlight was the special program for students and young doctors which included a poster session, lectures and discussion meetings. Young women discussed issues such as work life balance, medical education, and current networks for dialogue in the profession.

With a rigorous scientific program of posters, lectures, and workshops the MWIA General Assembly discussed future activities for the society and the campaigns on Female Genital Mutilation and Cervical Cancer Screening and Prevention. “This meeting is not only an opportunity for great scientific information, but also for medical women from around the world to discuss common problems such as gender discrimination in the medical profession”, Secretary General said. Ross is a family practitioners who has been involved in Association since her days as a medical student.

For more information about MWIA () and the Congress ().

Kristin DeGirolamo and Pamela Verma

Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

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