March is Women’s History Month. During this month, EMU Health would like to recognize and thank our women doctors, nurses, medical assistants, administration staff, and all of the hard-working women on our team. We also believe that it is important to recognize the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.

Throughout the history of medicine, women endured poverty, stereotypes, and discrimination, but they went on to build hospitals, win a Nobel Prize, lead a medical school, and dramatically improve the health of millions. They designed ways to protect newborns, expanded our understanding of diseases, and even mapped portions of the human brain.

In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the United States to be granted an MD degree.

In 1953, Virginia Apgar created the “Apgar Score,” the first tool to scientifically assess a neonate’s health risks and need for potentially life-saving observation.

Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia — scientists’ understanding of these conditions and many more are founded on the groundbreaking research of Patricia Goldman-Rakic.

EMU Health would like to thank all of the trailblazing women who broke barriers for themselves, underserved patients, and the nation as a whole.

How can you thank the women in your life? Here are a few ways you can show support for the strong women in your life:

1. Be Social:
Show your support for the women in your life by telling them that you appreciate them. If you post on social media, use the hashtag #womenshistorymonth

2. Discover:
Learn about the history of the women in your life. Read stories about historical figures in medicine.

3.  Connect:
Connect the strong women in your life with the knowledge and resources to live a healthy and safe life.

Here’s some advice that all women who are 40 years and older should hear…

Women 40 years old and older should begin annual mammograms to help detect breast cancer. Opt for a 3D mammography, an FDA-approved advanced technology that takes multiple images, or X-rays, of breast tissue to recreate a 3-dimensional picture of the breast. These multiple images of breast tissue slices give doctors a clearer image of breast masses. It makes it easier to detect breast cancer.

“Any woman who needs breast screening should consider 3D mammography,” says EMU Gynecologist, Dr. Zoya Gavrilman. “Women with dense breast tissue in particular may benefit because it provides a clearer picture. Using 3D mammography makes it easier for doctors to catch breast cancer early. It also helps us catch more cancers. And it helps us see the cancer size much better than we could on a regular mammogram. It reduces the chances of doctors seeing a false positive.”

To schedule a 3D Mammogram at EMU Health for yourself or a loved one, visit or call 718.850.4368 today.