Happy Holidays from the AWS!

23 Dec 2014

We asked our Women Surgeons to share with us their Holiday traditions and some of their favorite memories of the holidays – both at home and work.

Please enjoy these delightful stories from members of the Association of Women Surgeons — and feel free to share your own in the Comments.

Happy Holidays from all of us on the Blog team and the AWS!
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Stephanie Bonne, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor
Trauma, Acute, and Critical Care Surgery
Washington University in St. Louis

What holiday do you celebrate and what is the special meaning of this
holiday to you?

We celebrate Christmas – I was raised Catholic and that’s just the way it is!

What are some family traditions you have related to this holiday?

My mother’s family is Polish, so we have a very traditional dinner on Christmas Eve with mushroom soup, fish, pierogi and picked Herring.

Do you have a good memory of patient care during a time you worked during
the holiday?

For the past several years, I’ve worked 6pm-6am over Christmas in the ICU. I kind of like it – there is a ton of food to eat, everyone is kind of cozy and happy. We watch NORAD tracks Santa at the nurses’ station. The patient’s families are usually in in the evenings and you can walk around and say hello to everyone.

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Callie Thompson, MD
Resident

What holiday do you celebrate and what is the special meaning of this
holiday to you?

We celebrate Christmas. For me, the holiday is a time of new beginnings and hope. I love spending this time of year with my family and seeing my children enjoy the same traditions that I loved as a kid.

What are some family traditions you have related to this holiday?
My family is very big on tradition so we try to do the same thing every year. We start by going to church on Christmas Eve and this year, my two oldest children are both in the Christmas play so I am really looking forward to that. On Christmas morning we open stockings and then have to have breakfast before we move to the presents from Santa. We are open-one-at-a-time-while-everyone-watches people.

Do you have a good memory of patient care during a time you worked during
the holiday?

My favorite holiday memory in the hospital would be from Christmas day my R2 year in the cardiothoracic ICU. All of the patients were critically ill but the nursing staff decorated and had a potluck that they invited the families to participate in. I just love the memory of the atmosphere in the unit that day.

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