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Information about the exhibit "Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons" and the lecture and film series sponsored by the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries

Past Events

Friday, October 28: Suture Clinic and Health Information Literacy Class

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM; Communicore Building, Room MDL-1


Gain hands-on experience in suturing! The suture clinic will be directed by the Student National Medical Association, UF Chapter. 

Wednesday, November 16: International Health Outreach student panel
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Communicore Building, Room C1-15

In conjunction with International Education Week, HSC students who have participated in international health outreach trips will share their experiences.

Co-sponsored by the Smathers Libraries PR&M Committee.*


Thursday, November 17: Keynote Address

Human Defibrillation: History and Evolution - Dr. Levi Watkins

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Communicore Building, Room C1-17

Dr. Levi Watkins, Associate Dean and Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is a pioneer of cardiac surgery, having performed the world's first implantation of the automatic defibrillator in a human.  He was the first African American graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and first African American chief resident, professor of cardiac surgery, and associate dean at Johns Hopkins.

Co-sponsored by the Student National Medical Association, UF chapter and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.*


Tuesday, November 29: Clinicians of Color: How they got here

12:00 - 1:00 PM
Communicore Building, Room C1-15

Clinicians from the Health Science Center will discuss their experiences, their commitment to promoting equity in representation in healthcare fields, and offer advice to students. Presenters will include Dr. Donna Parker, Dr. Winston T. Richards, Dr. Albert R. Robinson (College of Medicine); Dr. Abi Adewumi (College of Dentistry).

 Co-sponsored by the Smathers Libraries PR&M Committee.*

Wednesday, November 30: Something the Lord Made


5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Communicore Building, Room C1-7


Starring Mos Def and Alan Rickman, this film addresses the pioneering work of cardiac surgeons Vivien Thomas and Alfred Blalock.

Introduction by Dr. Arwa Saidi.

 Co-sponsored by the Smathers Libraries PR&M Committee.*

*This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under Contract No HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C.

Opening Doors Speaker and Film Series

About the Speaker and Film series:
This Speaker and Film series is sponsored by the University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries.

Light refreshments will be served at all events. All are welcome to attend.

 

Maps and Directions:

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Opening Doors at UF

The Health Science Center Library is pleased to host this exhibit from the National Library of Medicine from October 18 - December 2, 2011

Opening Doors celebrates the achievements of pioneers in medicine by highlighting four contemporary African American surgeons and educators who exemplify excellence in their fields and believe in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of young African Americans pursuing medical careers. Through contemporary and historical images, the exhibition takes the visitor on a journey through the lives and achievements of these academic surgeons, and provides a glimpse into the stories of those that came before them and those that continue the tradition today.

An extensive online exhibit from the National Library of Medicine includes additional historical information and profiles of African American surgeons working on new frontiers.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture.
Curated by Margaret A. Hutto and Jill L. Newmark

Images from the Exhibit

     

The operating room at Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital from the hospital's Annual Report, 1900.

Dr. Watkins demonstrates the automatic defribrillator on a heart model. Courtesy of Ebony Magazine 1982.

More Information

Information about Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. from Johns Hopkins University
http://afam.nts.jhu.edu/people/Watkins/watkins.html

Information about Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. from Vanderbilt University
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/boardoftrust/cmembers/watkins.html

Videos of Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. talking about Vivien Thomas, one of his major influences. The life and experiences of Vivien Thomas are depicted in the film Something the Lord Made.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/partners/today/t_students_1.html

Information about Vivien Thomas from The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Insitutions
http://www.medicalarchives.jhmi.edu/vthomas.htm

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