Nancy Allen Oral History Interview, 2006

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  • Nancy Allen discusses her family background; medical education; women in science during time of her education; coming to Duke; her husband being accepted into Duke's PhD program; Dr. Ralph Snyderman as chief of Immunology; Dr. James Wyngaarden as chair of Department of Medicine; Dr. Wyngaarden's emphasis on bench research; her own preference for patient care above research; women in department in 1970s and 1980s; the treatment of females in the department; Dr. Joseph Greenfield as chair of Department of Medicine; support of Dr. Greenfield; her pregnancy; the lack of maternity leave policy in the department; the institution of her proposal for maternity leave in the department; her service on the university campus wide committee to implement maternity leave policy; the chairmanship of Department of Medicine Women's Committee; meeting with women in other medical departments about women's issues; women's networking and advocacy on campus; Dr. Rebecca Buckley's service on the otherwise all-male appointment, promotion, and tenure (APT) committee; her own service on advisory committee to Chancellor William Anlyan on women's issues; women of primarily Caucasian decent on these committees; the difficulty of salary comparisons in medical center due to income from patients; her clinical work as a rheumatologist; work in outreach clinics; patients (without identifying information) who stand out in her mind; high percentage of female patients in her practice; rewarding nature of rheumatology; academic council; Dr. Nannerl Keohane; her service as chair of academic council; Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Faculty Development position; other committees to advance the concerns of women on campus; women who might be important to remember; and the support of her husband, Dr. Barry Allen. The transcription of this interview was made possible by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation.
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