Thursday, 30 July 2009

Young women are encouraged to be cardiologists

The cardiology program is one of four science academies held by the Women’s Health Science Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

The goal of the newest academy is to make cardiology, a specialty dominated by men, more accessible to young women, said Dr. Martha Gulati, associate director of the center for women’s cardiovascular health at Northwestern Memorial. “There’s a myth out there that being a woman precludes you from being a cardiologist,” she said.

Although the number of women in cardiology has nearly doubled in the last decade, women still make up less than 20 percent of all cardiologists, the American College of Cardiology’s Women in Cardiology Council said.

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