Category: career development

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My First AWS Meeting

01 Nov 2019

By Kristin Rojas Annual medical conferences are not only an opportunity to stay up-to-date with developments in your prospective field, but also a convenient way to catch up with inspirational fri...

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When the job of your dreams, isn’t.

19 Sep 2019

By Melissa Alvarez-Downing This time of year always brings me back to when I was starting a new job following fellowship training. After months of searching I’d found an opportunity close to hom...

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Fail Better

20 Jun 2019

By Anne Mongiu This unexpected invitation to write a post for AWS coincided with an equally unexpected phone call from my closest friend from medical school. She had resigned from her rather subst...

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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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Should you get an MBA?

22 May 2019

By Heather Yeo As I come to the end of my MBA and MS in Healthcare Leadership, I have spent a lot of time thinking about what these degrees mean to me and my career.  The past two years have ...

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How soon is too soon?

17 Apr 2019

“Fifty percent of physicians leave their first job within 5 years.”  This statistic rang through my head as I sat looking at the computer screen.  My mentor from fellowship had emailed ...

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The Give and Take of Surgery

11 Apr 2019

By Simone Betchen I recently applied to an executive MBA program and was asked the essay question based on Adam Grant’s groundbreaking TedTalk “Are You a Giver or a Taker?”.  He describes t...

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What I’ve learned in private practice

06 Mar 2019

By Emily Murphy Full disclosure: I am a private practice surgeon in the truest sense of the term, I am a partner in a six-person group who provides care at a 545-bed hospital almost exclusively. Fu...