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  • African American Women--Education (Higher)--North Carolina--Durham
  • African American Physicians--North Carolina--Durham
  • African American Students--North Carolina
  • Duke University. School Of Medicine.
  • University Of North Carolina (1793-1962)--Women Students.
  • Raleigh (N.C.)
  • Chapel Hill (N.C.)
  • Durham (N.C.)
  • Medicine


Dr. Joanne Wilson, the second African American woman to graduate from Duke University School of Medicine reflects on her personal experiences growing up in Raleigh; attending UNC-Chapel Hill in the first class in which women were admitted; her interracial marriage; her time at Duke as a medical student; house staff training in Boston and Washington D.C and her return to Duke as a professor; her academic achievements at both UNC and Duke Medical School and the unique challenges she faced while obtaining her medical degree; Ward system in Duke Hospital post-integration; the inequities still evident in patient care between the rich and poor and black and white; stressful times that Dr. Wilson recalls during her journey; positive parts of experiences and especially has high hopes for Duke Medical School in terms of increasing minority recruitment to the school in the future.

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