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Conference Program


2019 AWS Annual Conference

Program Schedule




6:45am - 6:00pm

Registration Open

7:00 - 8:00am

Academic Poster Contests for Residents and Medical Students
Committee Meetings

6:45 - 8:00am

Continental Breakfast in the Surgeons' Lounge

8:00 - 8:20am

Opening Remarks
Welcome by Sharon Stein, MD, FACS
Welcome by ACS President Elect Valerie Rusch, MD, FACS

8:20 - 9:00am

Sculpting Yourself: How the Development of a Brand Can Lead to Success
Introduction by Robin Williams, MD, FACS
Presentation by Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS

9:00 - 9:45am

Panel Discussion: How My Vision Helped Me
Led by Madeline Torres, MD & Gayle DiLalla, MD, with:

Maya Babu, MD, FACS
Karen Brasel, MD, FACS
Vikisha Fripp, MD, FACS
Julie Ann Sosa, MD, MA, FACS
Dana Telem, MD, FACS

9:45 - 10:00am

AWS Fellowship Grant Recipient Presentation
Introduction by Geeta Lal, MD, FACS

Evaluation of Pre-Transplant T Cell Exhaustion as a Mechanism for Recipient Immune Dysfunction and Liver Transplant Futility
Keri E. Lunsford, MD, PhD, FACS

Award made possible through the generous grant of Ethicon, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.

10:00 - 10:30am

Networking Break in the Surgeons' Lounge

10:30 - 11:45am

Hands-on Workshop: Creating a Career Vision and Sharing It
Introduction by Sharon Stein, MD, FACS
Presentation by Lina Mehta, MD

11:45am - 12:30pm

Landmark Papers in Surgery
Moderated by Marion Henry, MD, FACS & Megan Delisle, MD

Do Female Surgeons Learn or Teach Differently?
Resident: Maddie Torres, MD; Faculty: Jennifer Erdrich, MD

Interpreting Signals in the Labor Market: Evidence from Medical Referrals
Resident: Kathleen Cannon, MD; Faculty: Sigrid Bairdain, MD
Gender and Letters of Recommendation: A Linguistic Comparison of the Impact of Gender on General Surgery Residency Applicants
Resident: Mimi Tan, MD; Faculty: Judith French, PhD
Assessing Gender Bias in Qualitative Evaluations of Surgical Residents
Resident: Erin Strong, MD; Faculty: Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD

A Systematic Review of Gender-Based Differences in Hirsch Index Among Academic Surgeons
Resident: Sujata Saha, MD; Faculty: Sara Myers, MD

Resident Autonomy in the Operating Room: Does Gender Matter?
Resident: Megan Vu, MD; Faculty: Antonia Henry, MD, FACS

Senior Commenter: Karen Brasel, MD, FACS

12:30 - 1:45pm

Lunch & Presidential Speech
Business Meeting

1:45 - 2:15pm

AJS Paper Session
Moderated by Kandace McGuire, MD, FACS & Caroline Reinke, MD, FACS

Award for Best Manuscript from the following presentations is supported by Scanlan.

Chronic Stress Induces Persistent Low-Grade Inflammation
Alicia Mohr, MD, FACS

Decreasing Rates of Axillary Lymph Node Dissections Over Time: Implications for Surgical Resident Exposure and Operative Skills Development
Laura H. Rosenberger, MD, FACS

Mastectomy is No Longer an Indication for Postoperative Opioid Prescription at Discharge
Kristin Rojas, MD

2:15 - 3:00pm

Keynote: Disruptive Technology in Surgery
Introduction by Marie Crandall, MD, FACS
Presentation by Gretchen P. Jackson, MD, PhD, FACS

3:00 - 4:00pm

Breakout Sessions

1) Partnering with Corporate Entities for a Better Surgical Community
Sareh Parangi, MD, FACS, Patricia Sylla, MD, FACS & Kate Masschelein | Scribe: Lena Trager

2) Disrupting Surgical Education
Patricia J. Numann, MD, FACS, Rebecca Hoffman, MD & Emily Steinhagen, MD, FACS | Scribe: Samantha Baker, MD

3) Moving the Needle Forward in International Surgery
Hilary Sanfey, MB BCh, FACS, Farah Bhatti, MBBChir, MD, April Camilla Roslani, FRCS, MBBCh & Heather Bougard, MBChB | Scribe: Camila Roginski Guetter, MD

4) Keeping a Private Practice in the 21st Century
Lynn O'Connor, MD, FACS | Scribe: Andrea Rowland

4:00 - 4:30pm

Networking in the Surgeons' Lounge

4:30 - 5:30pm

Microaggression Master Class
Led by Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS with:

Barbara Bass, MD, FACS
Sharmila Dissanaike, MD, FACS
Melina Kibbe, MD, FACS
Mary Killackey, MD, FACS
Anne C. Mosenthal, MD, FACS
Leigh A. Neumayer, MD, FACS
Patricia Roberts, MD, FACS
Betsy Tuttle-Newhall, MD, FACS
Sandra Wong, MD, FACS

5:30 - 6:25pm

S.H.E. Talks: Women in Surgery: What's on My Mind
Introduction by Chantal Reyna, MD, FACS

Presentations by
Jayme Locke, MD, FACS
Thomas Varghese, MD, FACS
Michaela West, MD, PhD, FACS
Suzanne Yoder, MD, FACS

6:25 - 6:30pm

Awards and Closing Remarks

6:30 - 8:30pm

Wine and Cheese and Networking in the Surgeons' Lounge

7:00am - 8:00am

Signature Speaker Series: Keynote (Invite Only; No CME)
Learn more

8:00am - noon

Signature Speaker Series: Speaker Training (Invite Only; No CME)

Location: Cyril Magnin III

1:00 - 4:00pm

Coaching Project: Coach Training (Invite Only)
Learn more

Location: Cyril Magnin III

6:00 - 7:30pm

Awards Cocktail Reception
Hosted by the American College of Surgeons' Women in Surgery Committee. Special invite to international women surgeons from 5:30 - 6:00pm.

Location: Cyril Magnin Foyer

7:30 - 10:00pm

AWS Foundation Awards Dinner
Held at The Parc 55 in the Cyril Magnin Ballroom
Learn more and register

7:00 - 9:00am

AWS Networking Breakfast
Taylor S. Riall, MD, PhD, FACS
Breakfast being held at:
Terra Gallery, 511 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94105



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Surgeons and Association of Women Surgeons. The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.