A Surgeon’s Scope of Practice

14 Mar 2018

For the 18th year, March has been dedicated to Colorectal Cancer Awareness. Since the mid-2000’s, we have seen a rapid decline in the incidence of colorectal cancer, mainly due to the early detectio...


Too Young to Have Colon Cancer?

09 Mar 2018

We all have that anecdotal story that changes our practice. We read the literature and pretend we are data driven until we have a patient with a complication, or see the crazy zebra diagnosis that mak...


9th International Women in Surgery Symposium – Realizing the Quadruple Threat

05 Mar 2018

I had the privilege of attending the 9th Annual Women in Surgery Symposium on February 16-18, led by Dr. Sharona Ross and Dr. Patricia Turner. The Women in Surgery Career Symposium started 9 years ag...


In the Moment

01 Mar 2018

I had reached a point when I knew that something had to give. I could no longer listen to the constant “would haves/could haves/should haves” and “when I become a______, when I reach______, when...


“Dear Pat”: Providing Answers to Questions from Surgical Residents and Fellows

25 Feb 2018

The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) is excited to announce the start of a new resident and fellow focused blog titled, “Dear Pat”. “Dear Pat” will answer questions about issues that are pe...


An Open Letter to AWS Members from Communications Committee

22 Feb 2018

Two years ago, a friend and mentor approached me and asked me to help manage the communications team for AWS. Like I do with most things, I approached this with gusto. I got organized, made lists, set...


Parental Leave for Surgeons

18 Feb 2018

By Virginia R. Litle MD and Mara B. Antonoff MD Our upcoming Tweet Chat will take place on Monday February 26th, 8 pm ET. “Take your full maternity leave,” writes Myriam Curet in Navigating Your...


Sexual Harassment in Medicine

14 Feb 2018

I recently came across an LA Times headline asking, "Will Medicine be the next field to face a sexual harassment reckoning?" By now, we are all familiar with the Harvey Weinstein story and witnessed t...


Mentorship is a Two-Way Street

01 Feb 2018

I almost cancelled. It had taken us about 4 months to set up this meeting, but it had been a long week of operating and I was tired; I just wanted to go home, read for my cases, and go to bed. I ha...