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What awards did Virginia Apgar win?

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What awards did Virginia Apgar win?

Virginia Apgar:

Virginia Apgar was born in 1909. At that time, few women went to college and even fewer became physicians. Virginia would not let that stop her. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in zoology and went on to become one of just a small percentage of women at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Answer and Explanation:

Virginia Apgar received several awards for her work in the field of medicine. She probably would have said that her best 'award' was the fact that she had helped so many newborns survive through the use of the Apgar screening scale which she invented. She was awarded three honorary doctorates for her contributions to medicine. These were from The Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, Mount Holyoke College, and the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry.

Some of her other honors include:

  • Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Elizabeth Blackwell Award, from the American Women's Medical Association
  • Alumni Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Ralph M. Waters Award, American Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Woman of the Year in Science, Ladies Home Journal
  • Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Public Health Association, and the New York Academy of Sciences

Learn more about this topic:

Virginia Apgar: Inventions, Awards & Accomplishments
Virginia Apgar: Inventions, Awards & Accomplishments

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In this lesson, follow the ever-evolving career of the energetic Dr. Virginia Apgar.  You'll learn of the amazing achievements one woman was able to accomplish during a lifetime of active commitment to medicine.


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