The Spelman College Health Careers Program recently received proclamations from the City of Atlanta and Fulton County, in honor of Georgia R. Dwelle, M.D., C’1900, the first Spelman alumna to obtain a doctor of medicine degree. Presented to Barbara Bell, Ph.D., director of Spelman College Health Careers, at the program’s annual reception, the proclamations declare, annually the first week of October “Georgia R. Dwelle, M.D., Making a Global Difference in Healthcare Appreciation Week.”
The proclamations were issued to recognize
and celebrate the extraordinary achievements of Dr. Dwelle, the first Black
female physician in Atlanta and the founder of the Dwelle Infirmary (1920),
Atlanta’s first successful private hospital for Blacks and first obstetrical
hospital for Black women. Along with Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner,
attending the reception was John Dwelle, great nephew and caregiver to
For the past 42 years, the Spelman Health Careers Program has been educating women who go on to make a global difference in health care. Increasing the number of highly qualified minority women and African-Americans entering the health/allied health professions has been the primary goal of the Health Careers Program since it’s formalization in 1971. In addition, the program is committed to eradicating health illiteracy by providing a strong educational foundation for Spelman students to further educate the communities they go on to serve.