Annual Women in Medicine Celebration

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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 began is held every year on Mardi Gras at the Mercer School of Medicine, Macon, Georgia.
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.

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: