Women in history

New PBS documentary covers women in osteopathic medicine

Watch the trailer for this documentary that celebrates the profession’s past, present, and future.

Before U.S. women had the right to vote, Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, admitted them to the first osteopathic medical school. This revolutionary decision to reshape health care with women as equals to their male counterparts promised an onerous journey, one that today’s osteopathic physicians are still navigating.

Inspired by The Feminine Touch: Women in Osteopathic Medicine, a book by Thomas Quinn, DO, this documentary from WEDU PBS in Tampa, Florida, tells the story of women in osteopathic medicine.

“There is a lot of parallel between women becoming accepted as physicians on the MD or the DO side and osteopathic physicians being accepted in the bigger medical community,” says Karen Nichols, DO, who is featured in the documentary.

Both male and female osteopathic physicians who recognize that gender inequality still exists continue to find ways to raise the visibility of female physicians.

“Progress is being made, but change in culture is a long and tedious process,” says Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, in the trailer for The Feminine Touch.

The documentary will air on April 20, 2017, in the Tampa area and may later be picked up by other PBS affiliates. Check back with The DO in early April for a Q&A with the documentary’s producer and some of the featured osteopathic physicians.

Follow WEDU PBS on Facebook and Twitter for more details on The Feminine Touch.

2 comments

  1. The documentary on women in osteopathic medicine airs on WEDU-TV in the Tampa Bay, FL area on April 20th and is released to all PBS stations in the USA in August.
    If your PBS station does not show the documentary, please contact them and ask them to show “The Feminine Touch”.

Leave a comment Please see our comment policy