Annual Women in Medicine Celebration
History:The Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM)’s Women in Medicine Celebration began in 2006, originally 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.
Despite humble beginnings, the goal of the Women in Medicine annual meetings changed drastically in 2009 following the untimely passings of two beloved female faculty members, Dr. Dona Harris and Dr. Kris Detmer.
In 2010, then Medical Library Director, Jan LaBeause continued the Women in Medicine tradition and expanded the celebration to include other events, including a Cajun cook-off and a silent auction.
Detmer-Harris Women in Medicine Endowed Lectureship Series:In memory of Dr. Dona Harris and Dr. Kris Detmer, the MUSM Class of 2009 created the Detmer-Harris Women in Medicine Endowed Lectureship Series. The endowment focuses on the lives and influence of women in the development of modern medicine. Proceeds from all event activities go to benefit the Detmer-Harris Endowment Fund.
Annual Celebration:No longer a “girls only” club, the Annual Women in Medicine Celebration is observed each year around Mardi Gras and open to all Mercer faculty, staff and students, as well as community members and health professionals.
Details of the current year’s Annual Women in Medicine Celebration can be found online at the Women in Medicine Facebook Page.