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November 30 , 2007

Penn Doctor Receives Prestigious Women in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges


Bowman recognized for expertise on women in medicine


(PHILADELPHIA) -- Marjorie Bowman, M.D., M.P.A., received the 2007 individual Association of American Medical Colleges Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award. Dr. Bowman is the Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Director of the University’s Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

This Women in Medicine Leadership Development Award, established in 1993, recognizes individual contributions to advancing women leaders in academic medicine.

Dr. Bowman is a prolific and internationally recognized expert on women in medicine. Her book Women Physicians:  Career and Life Management, in its third edition, has been translated into Japanese and Italian, and continues to sell 22 years after its first printing. Bowman was previously Editor, Archives of Family Medicine, the Journal of Women’s Health, and the Yearbook of Family Practice and currently edits the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Bowman’s odyssey in becoming a world expert in women’s role in medicine began with her work with the Department of Health and Human Services in the early 80s, she says.

“As I investigated what we knew about how women worked, and was early in my own career and family life, I became more interested in issue for work-family-life balance for women in medicine,” Bowman said. “It was double duty. I was doing something that my work environment needed, something I personally found helpful, and something that was helpful to others.”

“I found through this odyssey that there is a thirst for information on the advancement of women physicians, of how to balance lives, and many needs to influence policy and institutions,” said Bowman.

Dr. Bowman’s additional areas of research interest are prevention, behavior change by physicians and patients, women’s health, and acupuncture.  Her interest in physician behavior includes specialty choice and how to improve physician practice.

The AAMC and the medical schools, teaching hospitals, academic and professional societies, faculty, residents, and students represented therein are committed to improving the nation's health through medical education, research, and high-quality patient care.

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