By Shree Agrawal
Hopefully many of you were following along on Twitter for the #AWSchat that happened this past Monday. If not, we summarize some highlights and pearls of wisdom from the virtual conversation on “Navigating Your Surgical Career.” You can also search #AWSchat on Twitter to see all tweets from Monday if you happened to miss it.
@MadelineBTorres also compiled a storify highlight reel to capture the essence of “Navigating Your Surgical Career” as shown here:
— WomenSurgeons (@WomenSurgeons) September 27, 2016
We are featuring tweets with impact from Monday’s #AWSchat
Tips for the networking spectrum from novice to professional:
I think what is important is start small if intimidated. A quick "I just wanted to introduce myself" is a great starting point #awschat
— Jean Miner (@Jfminermd) September 27, 2016
On advancing with the help of your network by defining your purpose, interests, strengths, and accomplishments and then sharing them:
— Mary Maniscalco (@marymaniscalco1) September 27, 2016
— Heather Yeo MD (@heatheryeomd) September 27, 2016
When you observe burnout in yourself, peers, colleagues, and/or mentors, tips to cope and ultimately succeed as a surgeon:
Q7:Remember that which makes us great surgeons is our humanity. Be emotional. Be vulnerable. Be present. Care for pts. Care for you #awschat
— Meredith Barrett (@sparklyscalpel) September 27, 2016
The strength of your abilities translates to the strength of your surgical team. It is worthwhile to connect with all colleagues to optimize communication within your practice:
Helping others is always a win-win#AWSchat
— Robin Williams (@rowilliamsmd) September 27, 2016
Q1. Networking doesn't mean just with surgeons, take a minute to get to know colleagues at your institution #AWSchat
— Lillian Erdahl MD (@lillianerdahl) September 27, 2016
We hope you enjoyed our September #AWSchat! Comment below to continue the conversation about navigating your surgical career. Subscribe to the blog and follow @WomenSurgeons to find out about our next tweetchat!
Shree is a third year medical student at Case Western Reserve University, where she also completed her bachelors of science degree in biology. Prior to medical school, she performed prostate cancer research at the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals of Cleveland. Shree is passionate about clinical research surrounding patient decision-making and medical education. In her free time she enjoys blogging for the AWS blog, practicing yoga, and boxing.
Our blog is a forum for our members to speak, and as such, statements made here represent the opinions of the author, and are not necessarily the opinion of the Association of Women Surgeons.