[WorldKings – World Almanac Event 2023] 163rd anniversary of the establishment of Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, the second medical institution in the world established to train women in medicine (March 11, 1850 – March 11, 2023)


(WorldKings.org) The Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) was founded in 1850, and was the second medical institution in the world established to train women in medicine to earn the M.D. degree.

R.C. Smedley's History of the Underground Railroad cites Dr. Bartholomew Fussell with proposing, in 1846, the idea for a college that would train female doctors. It was a tribute to his departed sister, who Bartholomew believed could have been a doctor if women had been given the opportunity at that time.

Her daughter, Graceanna Lewis, was to become one of the first woman scientists in the United States. At a meeting at his house, The Pines, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Fussell invited five doctors to carry out his idea.



The doctors invited were: Edwin Fussell (Bartholomew's nephew) M.D., Franklin Taylor, M.D., Ellwood Harvey, M.D., Sylvester Birdsall, M.D., and Dr. Ezra Michener. Graceanna also attended. Dr. Fussell would support the college but had little to do with it after it started in 1850 in Philadelphia.

Originally called the Female Medical College of Pennsylvania, the college changed its name in 1867 to Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. The associated Woman's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1861. Upon deciding to admit men in 1970, the college was renamed the Medical College of Pennsylvania (MCP).

In 1930, the college opened its new campus in East Falls, which combined teaching and the clinical care of a hospital in one overall facility. It was the first purpose-built hospital in the nation. In 1993, the college and hospital merged with Hahnemann Medical School. In 2003, the two colleges were absorbed by the Drexel University College of Medicine.

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- Celebrating the 105th anniversary of the Save the Redwoods League, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) and giant sequoia trees (Sequoiadendron giganteum) (March 11) 1918 - 11/03/2023)

- Celebrating 145 years of A&M College of Texas for Colored Youths (March 11, 1878 - March 11, 2023)

According to en.wikipedia

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