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Dermatologist recounts finding her niche in male-dominated field

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: July 1, 2010
Source: Dermatology Times


Frances J. Storrs, M.D., tells it like it is, sees the humor in it, then laughs a hearty laugh. Frances J. Storrs, M.D. She was the first woman to complete the dermatology residency at Oregon Health and Science University, graduating in 1968. Now professor emerita of dermatology and director of the Dermatology Contact Clinic at Oregon Health and Science University, Dr. Storrs has undeniably earned respect in a specialty that early in her career was dominated by men.

Interestingly, she says that it was men who tried to prevent her success — and also men who helped to ensure it.

"In my class in medical school, there were seven women out of about 100 men," she says. "I had a chairman in my biology department in college who told me that he would personally see to it that I would not get into medical school — even though I had all top grades ... he just couldn't stand women. I had another friend who was a faculty member, and he said, 'Every time (the biology professor) writes a letter, I'll write a counter letter and make sure you do get into medical school.' I got into every school to which I applied."

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Dermatologist recounts finding her niche in male-dominated field

Dermatologist recounts finding her niche in male-dominated field