The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. With the
declaration of war, President Woodrow Wilson called for volunteers to
serve in the United States Army and Navy – and this included doctors.
Doctors who did not take the opportunity to volunteer for the Medical
Reserve Corps as commissioned officers were not exempt from the draft.
However, women physicians were not permitted to serve in the military
medical corps. The desire to advance in the medical profession and to
relieve those suffering in post-war conditions prompted American women
physicians to establish the first American Women's Hospital (AWH) in
France in 1918. Many faculty members of Woman's Med, as well as former
students, made the decision to serve with AWH in France.
This exhibit explores the roles of Hahnemann Medical College and Woman's
Medical College in World War I and how some faculty members and students
of both colleges were involved.
Over There: Hahnemann Medical College and Woman's Medical College in
World War I.