Category: mentorship

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Remember: You’re Strong enough!

05 Jun 2019

The AWS blog is thrilled to recognize the experience and accomplishments of women surgeons around the world.  While women surgeons share many common experiences, we differ in our cultural norms,...

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One of These Things is Not Like the Other

06 Feb 2019

By Susan Pitt Every year, the Association of Women Surgeons co-hosts a luncheon at the annual Academic Surgical Congress (ASC) with the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS).  The topic of thi...

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Getting There from Here

02 Jan 2019

By Elizabeth Shaughnessy Much is said and written about beginning one’s surgical career; however less so about advancement.   I am always curious about others who advance. How did they get ther...

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The Importance of Mentorship and Experiences

31 Oct 2018

By Fabiola Valenzuela As one of the winners of an essay contest held by the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine (https://www.utrgv.edu/school-of-medicine/) Surgery Department a...

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Do you dare to be you?

10 Oct 2018

By Dr. Jaime D. Lewis   Do you dare to be you? Have you taken a chance on yourself to live out your dreams? To be true to the voices inside your heart? When was the last time you trul...

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The Leadership Gap in Surgery

12 Jun 2018

[caption id="attachment_16785" align="alignleft" width="300"] Figure 1- Thoracic Surgery Pipeline[/caption] As more women medical students choose general surgery and surgical subspecialties as a ca...

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The AWS Coaching Project

03 Jun 2018

When I started my residency 7 years ago, not many people talked about physician depression, suicide, or burnout.  It was like a dirty word, there, but hidden beneath the surface as many suffered sile...

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Dear Pat Responds to Surgeon-Mother-to-Be

26 May 2018

Dear Pat, I’m a second-year surgery resident and somewhat older than my co-residents. I am considering getting pregnant during residency, but I am unsure if my co-residents will be supportive. I ...