Bangalore International Centre had arranged atalk on “Pioneer Women Physicians – Their triumphs and travails” by Dr.Mario Vaz, Prof.Dept of Physiology and Researcher, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, on Friday, 7th April, 2017 at 6.30 PM. Dr. Raghu Padinjat, Wellcome Trust / DBT India Alliance Senior Fellow, NCBS chaired and moderated the session.
Dr. Mario Vaz, through a power point presentation traced the emergence of the modern woman physicians through the lives of key individuals, abroad and in India. He drew attention to the anecdotes from the lives of those remarkable women. The social context in which they had to fight for their place alongside their male counterparts was discussed. Their struggles for admission into medical schools, their progress within them and the difficulties that they faced once they graduated were explained. The role of women medical missionaries in India has been extensively written about – His talk/presentation dealt with them only in passing seeking instead to highlight the lives of pioneer ‘native’ women.
Dr. Raghu Padinjat chaired and moderated the session and handled the Q & A session with timely interventions.
The event was well attended.