The Career Blazers: 7 Black Female Medical Pioneers

May 30, 2012  |  

Dr. M. Jocelyn Elders

In 1961, 28-year-old M. Jocelyn Elders became the chief resident at the University of Arkansas, leading a charge of white, male residents and interns. She was the first person in the state of Arkansas to be board certified in pediatric endocrinology. In 1987, Governor Bill Clinton appointed Elders head of the Arkansas Department of Health, and in 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed her the sixteenth Surgeon General of the United States. She was the first black and the second female to hold this position.

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