October 30, 2001
Tibetan Woman Doctor to
Speak at Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo,
a physician from Tibet, will present a two-part lecture series
at Smith College on the revival of traditional Tibetan medicine
on Nov. 13 and 14.
The presentations are free, open to the public and wheelchair
The first lecture, titled "Dr. Phuntsog Wangmo: A Tibetan
Woman Doctor's Narratives on Life and Work in Rural Northeast
Tibet," will take place in Neilson Library Browsing Room
at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The following day, Wangmo will
discuss "The Relationship Between Tibetan Medicine and Tibetan
Astrology," at the same time and location.
Wangmo earned her medical degree in 1988 from the College of
Tibetan Medicine in Lhasa, Tibet. After completing her residency
there, she worked with several international organizations to
establish hospitals and training centers in the remote regions
of Tibet's Sichuan Provence and Chamdo Prefecture. Wangmo has
worked on the faculty of the Shang Shung International Institute
in Italy and has published a number of articles on the connection
between the Tibetan astrological system and medicine.
This is the first time Wangmo has been allowed into the United
States. She is currently in residence at the Shang Shung U.S.
Tibetan Medical Program in Conway, Mass.
"Dr. Wangmo is part of a revival of traditional Tibetan
medicine inside Tibet. She was personally trained by two of Tibet's
greatest doctors," said Jacqueline Glens, a 1981 Smith graduate
who is helping to coordinate the lectures.
Amber Watt, a current Smith student also involved in arranging
Wangmo's visit to the campus, observed, "As a woman who
overcomes obstacles on a daily basis while practicing medicine
in the most remote regions of Tibet, Dr. Wangmo embodies the
best we as women can become."
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