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October 2011

A Woman’s Journey: Food for thought

Date: October 14, 2011

Yearly conference offers women and physicians the opportunity to learn from each other

Poster for A Woman's Journey

From her car en route to her daughter’s soccer practice, busy Redonda Miller explains why she carves out time to participate in A Woman’s Journey, Hopkins’ annual women’s health conference. “I keep coming back,” says the vice president of medical affairs for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and internist, “because it feels good to educate a whole community of women”—not just one at a time, as is her custom in her clinical practice.

Miller will be among the 32 Hopkins physician speakers at this year’s conference, which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Hilton Baltimore. About 1,000 women from the Baltimore metro area and beyond—representing 18 states—are expected to attend.

Hopkins Medicine faculty will present on diverse topics related to women’s health, says Leslie Waldman, director of consumer and physician outreach and one of the originators of the 17-year-old event. Although faculty members receive no compensation for speaking at A Woman’s Journey, one benefit to them is that over the years hundreds of attendees have become patients, Waldman notes. But the biggest reward for faculty, she says, is simply “interaction with consumers and prospective patients.”

Miller couldn’t agree more. She tells the story of a woman who came back for the second straight year to hear Miller’s talk on preventive tests. “You’ve made a difference in my life,” she told the internist afterward. “I didn’t know I had osteoporosis until I got tested after hearing you speak about the DEXA bone-density scan. I’ve completely changed my lifestyle.”

Like Miller, Harold Fox, director of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, looks forward to attending the conference. “Women’s health has been a huge part of my life,” he says. “The continued enthusiasm, interest and attendance—and the dynamic planning process—keep things fresh and alive.”

For Miller, A Woman’s Journey has one more draw: “It’s a great opportunity to bond with other women,” she says. “The speakers and the participants’ stories are inspiring.”

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