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Oregon Health & Science University

Table of Contents

Early Life in Spokane; Culture of Medicine; Early Education; Carleton College; De-Mentor: Thurlow B. Thomas; Medical School at Cornell; Coming to Oregon; Joining the University of Oregon Medical School; Walter Lobitz and Portland Dermatology; Pay Equity in Medicine; Incident at the Arlington Club; Dermatology Research; Mentoring; Generation Gap; Physician-Patient Relations; Medical Technology; Community Involvement; Looking Back on a Career; Advice to Students; Interesting Cases; Characters at the Medical School; Bing Crosby; Index


Frances Storrs was born and reared in Spokane, WA and educated at Carleton College and Cornell University Medical College (M.D., 1964). She interned at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland (1966). Joined the faculty of the Department of Dermatology at UOMS in 1966. Storrs talks about her childhood in Spokane and the medical community there when she was growing up. She talks about her internship at Good Samaritan Hospital and her experience as the first female resident in dermatology at the University of Oregon Medical School. Storrs has been at OHSU for forty-some years and she talks at length about her experiences with pay inequality, mentoring, medical education, and being discriminated against at the Arlington Club one night when "prominent" dermatologists met to hear Dr. Harvey Blank speak.


Transcript of oral history interview with Frances Storrs, M.D., conducted on October 19, 2007 by Matthew Simek


OHSU Oral History Project




School of Medicine


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