Introduction to Women in Cardiology, 2019
On December 4th, Iowa-ACC, WIC Chapter, held “ Introduction to Women In Cardiology”, an event for Quad-City area female high school students with interests in science and medicine. Reception of the event was fantastic, with almost triple the anticipated attendance. The event itself was held at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA. The food was generously sponsored by Medtronic, the medical device company.
Aside from Dr. Rafat Padaria's introductory lecture to kick everything off, we avoided the typical lecture format in favor of informal round-table type discussions, in which girls could ask whatever questions they had and speak directly with women in many different cardiac professions. Cardiac Cath Lab teams from the two hospital systems in the Quad Cities were invited to showcase their displays. The Diagnostics team from Dr. Padaria's private practice group, Cardiovascular Medicine PC, came in full force and introduced the young ladies to Echo, vascular, Nuclear and CT technology and methods. I requested colorful displays, catheters, wires, devices, and much more to make it hands-on and interactive for the young ladies. We also brought a portable echo machine, which many of the girls found captivating. Cardiologists, electrophysiologists, nurses, and nurse practitioners mingled with students and had casual discussions with them. In addition, we set up sheets for the young ladies to sign up for shadowing opportunities in areas of interest.
It turned out to be an extremely interactive and unique opportunity for the students.