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AWS Hosts 2018 Annual Conference

Monday, October 29, 2018  
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AWS held its 2018 Annual Conference October 20-23 in Boston. With nearly 500 attendees, more than any other year, the meeting was an excellent opportunity for women surgeons and their supporters to come together and collaborate. With the theme, "Dare to Be You," attendees learned empowering leadership skills to help them take charge of their careers and stay true to their personal and professional needs.

Dr. Caprice Greenberg opened the conference’s educational programming with her address, “Gender Equity: We’re Talking the Talk But It’s Time to Walk the Walk.” Following her presentation, attendees heard scientific sessions focused on the latest research and articles written by members of AWS for the American Journal of Surgery. Two panels, "Dare to Lead: Leaning In Without Falling Over" and "Success and Failure: Two Sides of the Same Coin" offered perspectives from speakers in a variety of surgical subspecialties. A keynote address from Dr. Melina Kibbe highlighted her work, "Implications of Sex Bias in Research." Over lunch, four AWS members shared personal stories about their time in medicine with the help of coaching from Massmouth Media. Be sure to check out future releases from the AWS podcast series, where we’ll feature interviews with conference speakers, including the Massmouth story presenters.

On Sunday, AWS offered two workshops as part of the Parallel Education Symposium. The Negotiation Boot Camp and Mock Residency Selection Committee Workshop were designed to address specific challenges women surgeons may face, especially in the early stages of their careers. We had a great turnout with over 45 participants for the negotiation boot camp and 90 residents in attendance for the workshop.

Throughout the week, attendees also gathered for fun events including a SoulCycle ride that benefited Annual Conference and the AWS Foundation, a Resident and Student Mixer, and the Networking Breakfast hosted by Stryker. On Monday, October 22, winners of the AWS Foundation Awards Program were honored at the Awards Dinner.

Abra, a medical student who was invited to attend the conference, said that the meeting was "truly a fantastic and inspiring experience! I learned so much about the field, the challenges that women surgeons face, but also saw the incredible support that you all provide for each other."

Thank you to all attendees, speakers, donors, and supporters for making the 2018 Annual Conference so successful and meaningful to everyone who attended.

AWS would like to congratulate the following winners:

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"Assessing the Domino Effect: Female Physician Industry Payments Fall Short, Parallel Gender Inequalities in Medicine"
Presenter: Dr. Anna Weiss

Starr Poster Contest for Medical Students and Residents

Student Winners

First Place: Cheryl Zogg, MSPH, MHS, "Insurance Status Biases Trauma-System Utilization and Appropriate Inter-Facility Transfer: National and Longitudinal Results of Adult, Pediatric, and Older Adult Patients"

Second Place: Kristen M. Westfall, MPH, "A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure: Appendiceal Cancer in the Age of Non-Operative Management for Acute Appendicitis"

Third Place: Kristen E. Rhodin, BS, "Less is More: Improved Oncologic Outcomes Following Minimally Invasive Low Anterior Resection for Rectal Cancer"

Honorable Mention: Deena Kishawi, BS, "Hijab in the Operating Room"

Resident Winners

First Place: Frances Tangherlini Lee, MD, "An Effective Tolerance Approach for Porcine Islet Xenotransplantation in Humanized Mice"

Second Place: Heather G. Lyu, MD, "When Not Winning Means Losing: Underrepresentation of Women Surgeons in Recognition Awards at a Single Institution"

Third Place: Micaela Weaver, DO, "Upstage Rates of Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia and Flat Epithelial Atypia in Core-Needle Biopsies in a Community Hospital with a Large Minority Population"

Save the date for the 2019 AWS Annual Conference:

Sculpting the Future
October 26-29, 2019
San Francisco, California

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