A portrait of Dr. Martha Tracy, Dean of Woman's Medical College, 1917-1940.
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“She Has Undertaken a Herculean Task”: Early African American Women Physicians
Dr. Martha Tracy graduated from WMCP in 1904. She then enrolled as a graduate student at Cornell Medical College in New York, spending the next nine years in the laboratory research environment. In 1907, Tracy decided to return to her Alma Mater of WMC, giving up what looked to be a career in laboratory research. For the next 10 years, Tracy served WMC in a number of capacities, beginning with an appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry under Dr. Henry Leffman. It was in 1911 that Dr. Tracy took a year’s leave of absence to study Physiological Chemistry at Yale. When she returned in 1913, WMC’s chemistry department had been converted into a department of Physiological Chemistry, and Tracy was granted full professorship. Still teaching, Tracy studied Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a PhD. in Public Hygiene in 1917. In 1917, she assumed two major roles at Woman’s Medical College (WMC): first as faculty member and Professor of Hygiene, and second as Dean of the college. She held the role of Dean from 1917 to 1940.
Dr. Martha Tracy graduated from WMCP in 1904 and later became dean of the college. She held the role of Dean from 1917 to 1940.
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Physical Collection: ACC-AHC1
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Cite this source: Title of document, date. Early African-American Woman Physicians: She has undertaken a Herculean task. Doctor or Doctress?: Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians. The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives & Special Collections. Philadelphia, PA. Date of access. http://lcdc.library.drexel.edu/islandora/object/islandora:1856
Tracy, Martha, 1876-1942
Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania -- Faculty