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February 2017

Practicing Surgeons | Future Surgeons | Mentor Spotlight | International Perspective | Events & Opps | Women in the News

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In the Spring, there are lots of new fresh veggies that begin to appear on the supermarket shelves. In summer, there are cherries, watermelon and peaches to quench our hunger. Even in fall, apples and squash add healthy alternatives. But in the middle of winter? What do we do to continue being healthy in the setting of our busy lives?



Chantal Reyna, a practicing breast surgeon, and Grace deHoff, a busy medical student, provide lots of quick healthy ways to stay on track despite the winter doldrums. (and if you missed this month’s blog – Jean Miner provided lots of good advice in her post Dinner Thoughts?)

In our Mentor Spotlight, Arizona medical students Simin Golestani and Hilary McCrary reached out to Taylor Riall – chief of surgical oncology at University of Arizona. Taylor combated burn out by becoming a professional coach – something she applies to her practice, that of her division as well as to residents and medical students.

While the AWS highlights differences in Pay Parity – we often forget how far we have come. Yuksel Altinel tells her about her personal Journey to Become a Surgeon in Turkey. Yuksel faced opposition to her choice of specialty, to her professional judgement and abuse from her patients. A poignant reminder about issues our colleagues around the world still face to have the right to be a surgeon.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Save the date! The 2017 AWS Annual Conference will take place in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons’ Clinical Congress in San Diego, CA on October 21-24. More information coming soon!


Missed the #AWSchat on the Feminine Fight Club? Check out our discussion on Storify.

Interested in reviewing for the Association of Women’ Surgeon’s annual issue of the World Journal of Surgery? Let us know about your field of expertise – Reviewers Needed Now.

The Call for Abstracts and Videos for the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2017, October 22–26 in San Diego, is now open. You may submit abstracts for the Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum or videos for the Video-Based Education Sessions using the links below. Deadline: Wednesday, March 1 at 5:00 pm CST.

American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery grant deadlines coming soon. Limited project, career development, general surgery resident and medical student grants due March 1.

Attention Arizona Members: Nina McLemore Boutiques will donate 15% of your in-store purchase to the Association of Women Surgeons Foundation when AWSF is mentioned between Saturday February 25th and Monday March 6th. Click Here for Details.

Women in the News

Medical students, residents, and attendings shared their efforts to empower their communities on the inaugural AWS Day of Service #AWSdayofservice.

Julie Freischlag, M.D., Named President and CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. @JFreischlag

Rebecca Sippel, M.D., University of Wisconsin named president of Association for Academic Surgery. @Rebecca_sippel

M. Margaret Kemeny, M.D. was featured in this article in the New York Times on the wider racial gap in cervical cancer deaths.

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