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Black History Month: Trailblazers in Medicine



In this blog post, we embark on a journey to celebrate the brilliance, resilience, and unwavering dedication of Black doctors and nurses. From pioneering medical breakthroughs to providing compassionate care on the front lines, their impact resonates across every facet of the healthcare spectrum. In the vast landscape of healthcare, it's crucial to acknowledge the diverse voices and talents that shape its trajectory. At IntervalCare Medical Services, we not only prioritize the provision of top-tier telemedicine solutions but also advocate for inclusivity and recognition within the healthcare community.


While bringing Black History Month to a close, we'll explore how these healthcare trailblazers have bridged gaps in access, dismantle barriers to care, and empowered patients from all walks of life. Their innovative approaches revolutionized the way we perceive and engage with healthcare services. While there have been many black trailblazers in healthcare, we would like to honor the following:



James McCune Smith, MD


In 1837, Dr. Smith became the first black American to receive a medical degree from the University of Glaslow Medical School. He was also the first black American



to own and operate a pharmacy in the US. Lastly, he was the first black physician published in US medical journals.


Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD


Dr. Crumpler spent years as a nurse prior to becoming the first black woman in the US to receive her medical degree. She received this degree in 1864 at the New England Female Medical College in Boston.


Mary Eliza Mahoney


Mary was the first black nurse to earn a professional nursing license in the US and graduate from a American nursing school. She supported the creating of the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses (NACGN).


Estelle Massey Osborne


Estelle Massey Osborne became the first Black woman to earn a master’s degree in nursing. In 1943, Estelle became a consultant for the National Nursing Council for War Services and helped get the color ban lifted from nursing in the US Army and Navy. She also assisted in almost doubling, within two years, the number of training schools that would accept Black students.


Telehealth is an easy way to improve your access to healthcare from the comfort of home. If you are in Florida, IntervalCare Medical Services can care for your online primary care, urgent care, and mental health needs. Call us today to book an appointment or book online at www.intervalcaremed.com!



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