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While we all hope our journey through life will be easy, all of us will confront adversity. This month, we focus on how to navigate through the troubled waters.



Susan Pories’ contribution, How to Avoid Troubled Waters, recommends preparation as key to managing turbulent times. Through self care, creation of a network, and forward planning, you can face adversity.

Graduating medical student, Aileen Larson uses lessons she learned sailing with her father to prepare herself for stormy weather in Navigating Troubled Waters.

This month, taking a break from our medical student mentorship series – we focus on a role model and mentor to many, Caprice Greenberg. In Conversation with Caprice Greenberg, our own communications gurus Stephanie Bonne and Heather Yeo dive deeper into Caprice’s much heralded Association of Academic Surgery Presidential Address to discuss her research for her talk, and what we can do to improve the status of women in surgery.

Our International Spotlight highlights our Brazilian Surgeons. In The Obstacles to Becoming a Brazilian Female Surgeon, Camila Guetter, writes that mentors are one of the missing elements for Brazilian women looking for careers in surgery.

Upcoming Events & Opportunities

AWS Foundation Awards Nominations are due May 31, 2017

2017 Starr Poster Contest is open! Submit your abstract by July 15, 2017

Women all over the US are recreating this cover. See the latest news! #NYerORCoverChallenge

Deadline extended! Apply for the UW Medicine Funded Diversity Student Surgical Clerkship by May 31, 2017.

AWS & EAST present a Tweetchat on Mentoring | June 5, 8-9PM EST #AWSEASTchat

2017 Claude H. Organ, Jr., MD, FACS, Traveling Fellowship applications are due June 1, 2017

American College of Surgeons Research Awards for US and Canadian Members

Research Opportunity in Colorectal Clinical Outcomes available at University Hospitals/Cleveland Medical Center.  1-2 years of funded clinical research is available for surgical resident/graduate with interest and experience in colon and rectal surgery. For more information, please contact .

Women in the News

Amalia Cochran, MD, FACS, FCCM, AWS past president was elected President of Association for Surgical Education.

Amalia Cochran, MD, FACS, FCCM and Susan Pories MD, FACS elected to American Surgical Association fellowship.

Clare Marx, CBE, DL, PRCS (DSc) will receive honorary fellowship at this fall’s American college of surgery clinical Congress in San Diego.

Cheng-Har Yip, MB, BS, FRCS will be inducted into the American Surgical Association as an Honorary Fellow. Read the ASA 2017 Program for Dr. Yip’s bio.

Read a synopsis of Women in Surgery in Zimbabwe with Faith Muchemwa, MBChB, PhD, FCS (Plast), Chairperson of Women in Surgery Africa (WISA)

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eConnections | MAY 2017