OGDEN -- Girls interested in pursuing a degree in medicine have been invited to get a firsthand look at what the career has to offer.
The Girls Exploring Medicine conference will be held Nov. 4 at McKay-Dee Hospital. Female students from Weber State University will attend workshops that will introduce them to various aspects of medicine, including how to perform an ultrasound evaluation, how to draw blood, how to perform a pediatric evaluation and how to start an IV, said Dr. Catherine Varney, a Family Medicine resident physician at the hospital.
"We are holding this conference to provide support and encouragement to female Weber State University students that wish to enter the field of medicine," she said. "We will provide opportunities at lunch to network with female physicians at McKay-Dee in medical fields ranging from family medicine to cardiology so they can hear about the paths that led us to medicine."
Dr. Linda Leckman, vice president of Intermountain Healthcare and CEO of the Intermountain Medical Group ,will be the keynote speaker during the lunch hour. Her talk is titled "Women in medicine, overcoming obstacles."
"Women are valuable to the field of medicine for many reasons," Varney said. "I believe that women are innately nurturing, which is a quality that many patients seek, especially in today's health care environment. Many women are seeking careers that are intellectually challenging while still emotionally fulfilling. Medicine provides both of those things."
According to WSU's college of science, only 20 percent of all medical school applicants from Utah are women, which is far below the national average of 50 percent.
The conference is sponsored by McKay-Dee Hospital's Family Medicine Residency and the Medicine Interest group at Weber State University.
For more information, call 801-387-2800 or 801-626-6000.