All in the Family
Mothers, daughters and sisters have traditionally come together to A Woman's Journey. Some physician speakers have brought their wives and even their mothers. This year, the blockbuster health symposium held each fall promises to be more of a family affair than ever before: A few sessions will be led by husband and wife doctors, and the entire Hopkins "family" is invited as well.
The annual women's symposium, held this year on Nov. 8, draws a crowd
of nearly 1,000 from more than 15 states. Hopkins employees are always
on hand, either attending, earning continuing education units, or volunteering
as moderators, docents and room hosts. Attendees can choose four of
32 seminars led by faculty and dealing with pertinent women's issues
such as body image and breast cancer. A keynote speaker kicks off the
sessions in the morning; an entertaining and yet compelling talk takes
place at lunchtime.
"The seminars are fabulous," says Eden Stotsky, health educator
with the Colon Center and a volunteer at last year's event. "The
presenters speak at a level the participants can understand. They're
informative and willing to answer questions."
The prospect of six to eight long weeks in a cast has turned numerous
orthopedic patients at Bayview Medical Center into Van Gogh wannabes.
Trading boredom for brushes, these cast-wearing artists tackle their
"canvases" with gusto, creating ankle-to-knee fields of flowers
or wrist-to-elbow flights of fancy.
When patients and their casts part company, Michael Keene and Rob Rawson,
the orthotists who evaluate, fit and measure patients for assistive
and support devices, hang the artistic results in Orthopedic's growing
art gallery-one that started with a single decorated cast. "We
hung it up so the patient could see it when he came back. It just blossomed
from there," says Keene. While the "gallery" helps make
his job interesting, what makes it satisfying, he adds, "is when
the cast comes off and the patient says 'I'm healed.'"