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Women in Osteopathic Medicine 

In 1892, Andrew Taylor Still did the unimaginable when he accepted women and men equally in his new medical school. Out of 21 students in the first class, 6 were women. Today, nearly 42% of actively practicing DOs are women!

WEDU, a PBS station in Tampa, Florida, developed an original documentary based on the book "The Feminine Touch: Women in Osteopathic Medicine" by Thomas Quinn, DO, a professor at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Bradenton, Florida. The film showcases women who overcame adversity to become osteopathic physicians in the early years of the profession and highlights prominent pioneering female DOs. The documentary intertwines their stories with the struggles of osteopathic medicine to gain broad acceptance while illuminating the individuals who helped it develop into the profession it is today. It won the Suncoast Regional Emmy® Award in 2017.

"The Feminine Touch." WEDU PBS, Premiered April 20, 2017