UHP Celebrates Black History Month – Day 17
Date / Time
February 22, 2021
Black Health Professions History
Rebecca Crumpler, MD. First black woman awarded a medical degree from a U.S. college. Rebecca Grumpier graduated from New England Female Medical College in Boston in 1864 as the first black woman awarded a medical degree from a U.S. university. Dr. Crumpler achieved this feat at a time when women, regardless of race, were largely barred from secondary education or higher learning opportunities. She published Book of Medical Discourses in 1883, which drew information from her clinical experiences to help women better care for the health of their families.