Annual Women in Medicine Event

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To celebrate the lives and influence of women in the development of modern medicine.


The Annual Women in Medicine event began in 2010 to commemorate Mercer University School of Medicine women who had passed away in previous years. This event is held every year on Fat Tuesday at the Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon Campus.

Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM)'s annual Women in Medicine Celebration began in 2006 as a casual social gathering for female professionals within the School of Medicine.  Hosted by the late Dona Harris, PhD, the first Women in Medicine meeting coincided with Mardi Gras, thus creating the festive and light-hearted foundation we maintain today. Despite their humble beginnings, the goal of these annual meetings changed drastically in 2009, following the untimely passings of two well-loved female faculty members, Dr. Dona Harris and Dr. Kris Detmer. In their memory, the MUSM Class of 2009 created the Detmer-Harris Women in Medicine Endowed Lectureship Series, which focuses on the lives and influence of women in the development of modern medicine. In 2010, the Medical Library Director, Jan LaBeause, continued the Women in Medicine tradition and expanded the celebration to include a Cajun cookoff and silent auction. No longer a "girls only" club, the Women in Medicine Celebrations are open to all Mercer faculty, staff and students, as well as community members and health professionals. Proceeds from all activities go to benefit the Detmer-Harris Fund.

Our next celebration will be on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

Schedule of Events

Cajun Cookoff ($5)
11:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m.
Medical School Atrium

Silent Auction
Noon (Monday, March 3rd) to 6:30 PM (Tuesday, March 4th)
Medical School Library
Benefits the Detmer-Harris Women in Medicine Endowed Lectureship Series

Speakers, Dr. Carol Isaac and Dr. Niclaire Neely
5:00  p.m to 6:00 p.m.
Medical School Auditorium

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Medical Scool Lobby

Contact Information

For more information about the ANNUAL WOMEN IN MEDICINE CELEBRATION please contact: Kim Meeks, Interim Director, Medical Library & LRC; phone: 478-301-2519; email:

About Mercer University

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. The University enrolls more than 8,300 students in 12 schools and colleges – liberal arts, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing, health professions, and continuing and professional studies – on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah – and four regional academic centers across the state. The Mercer Health Sciences Center, launched July 1, 2012, includes the University’s medical, nursing, health sciences and pharmacy schools. Mercer is affiliated with four teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program.