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Conference Program

AWS 2018 Conference Program

Saturday, October 20

7:15 - 8:15am
Committee Meetings

The following AWS committees are open to all members and you are invited to attend and participate in those of interest to you:

Communications, Clinical Practice, Grants & Fellowship, Member Services, Publications, Resident & Fellows, and 2019 Conference.

7:30 - 8:30am
Breakfast and Registration

Poster presentations for the Starr Medical Student & Resident Poster Contest and Greening the OR Contests will be held 7:30-8:15am with a two-minute presentation from each person, closed to the public.

8:30 - 9:05am
Introductions by Dr. Sareh Parangi

Gender Equity: We’re Talking the Talk But It Is Time To Walk the Walk

Kick-Off Speaker: Dr. Caprice Greenberg

9:05 - 9:15am
2018 AWSF Grant Recipient Presentation: Molecular Profiling of Gastroesophageal Cancer

Presenter: Dr. Smita Sihag

9:15 - 10:30am
Scientific Session 1: Landmark Papers in Surgery

Moderator: Dr. Sharon Stein

Participants discuss landmark papers, not their own original research, but influential works in the world of surgery from the past year.

9:17 - 9:27am
“Minimally Invasive Surgery: Same-Admission Versus Interval Cholecystectomy for Mild Gallstone Pancreatitis (PONCHO): A Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial”
Presenter: Dr. Tarin Worrest, Mentor: Dr. Erin Gilbert, Discussant: Dr. Aurora Pryor
9:27 - 9:37am
“Enhanced Recovery Decreases Pulmonary and Cardiac Complications After Thoracotomy for Lung Cancer”
Presenter: Dr. Caitlin Harrington, Mentor: Dr. Mara Antonoff, Discussant: Dr. Virginia Litle
9:37 - 9:47am
“Pediatric Surgery: Failure of Nonoperative Management of Pediatric Blunt Liver and Spleen Injuries: A Prospective Arizona-Texas-Oklahoma-Memphis-Arkansas Consortium Study”
Presenter: Dr. Bryce Bludevich, Mentor: Dr. Muriel Cleary, Discussant: Dr. Mary Brandt
9:47 - 9:57am
“Colorectal Surgery: Watch-and-Wait Approach Versus Surgical Resection After Chemoradiotherapy for Patients with Rectal Cancer (the OnCoRe project): A Propensity-score Matched Cohort Analysis”
Presenter: Dr. Ana de Roo, Mentor: Dr. Amy Suwanabol, Discussant: Dr. Nancy Baxter
9:57 - 10:07am
“Breast Surgery: Adjuvant Chemotherapy Guided by a 21-Gene Expression Assay in Breast Cancer”
Presenter: Dr. Anjuli Gupta, Mentor: Dr. Lola Fayanju, Discussant: Dr. Suzanne Klimberg
10:07 - 10:17am
“ACS/Trauma Surgery: Evaluation and Management of Traumatic Diaphragmatic Injuries: A Practice Management Guideline from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma”
Presenter: Dr. Valerie Plant, Mentor: Dr. Paula Ferrada, Discussant: Dr. Deborah Stein
10:17 - 10:27am
“Endocrine Surgery: Safety and Outcomes of the Transoral Endoscopic Thyroidectomy Vestibular Approach”
Presenter: Dr. Meghana Kashyap, Mentor: Dr. Abbey L. Fingeret, Discussant: Dr. Sareh Parangi
10:30 - 11:00am
Networking Break in the Surgeons' Lounge

Meet vendors and view posters from resident and student presenters.

11:00am - 12:00pm
Dare to Lead -- Leaning In Without Falling Over

Moderators: Dr. Arghavan Salles and Dr. Deborah Munhoz

11:00 – 11:15am
“Daring to Lead”
Presenter: Dr. Martha Zeiger
11:15 – 11:30am
“Strengths of women as leaders”
Presenter: Dr. Luanne Thorndyke
11:30 – 11:45am
“Pitfalls of Leadership for Women”
Presenter: Dr. Shaghayegh Aliabadi
11:45 – 12:00pm
Panel Discussion: One Thing I Wish I Had Known About Leadership Before I Started
12:00 - 1:00pm
Keynote Address: Implications of Sex Bias in Research

Presenter: Dr. Melina Kibbe

1:00 - 1:45pm

1:45 - 2:30
Story Slam

Moderator: Dr. Tawakalitu Oseni

From your days in medical school to unforgettable patients, every surgeon has a story to share. Come and listen to your fellow AWS members as they recount tales about their journey as women surgeons.

Dr. Marilee McBoyle tells the story of a burn victim and their subsequent law suit.
Dr. Yvonne Gomez recounts a story about her first transgender client.
Dr. Janey Pratt details a story about her son and of being a doctor and the mom of patient.
Kyung Yoon rehashes her story of entering medicine late in life.
2:30 - 3:30pm
Success and Failure: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Moderators: Dr. Cherisse Berry and Dr. Martina Stippler

2:30 – 2:40pm
“Teaching Confidence and Autonomy”
Presenter: Dr. Shari Meyerson
2:40 – 2:50pm
“Bouncing Back from Failure”
Presenter: Dr. Jo Shapiro
2:50 – 3:00pm
“Imposter Syndrome: You Are Not Alone”
Presenter: Dr. Mary Killackey
3:00 – 3:10pm
“The Drive to Succeed”
Presenter: Dr. Luz Maria Rodriguez
3:10 – 3:30pm
Panel Discussion
3:30 - 4:15pm
Scientific Session 2: Selected Papers from the AWS-AJS 2018 Edition

Moderators: Dr. Sharon Stein, Dr. Cathy Chen, Dr. Marion Henry and Dr. Kandace McGuire

This session is supported by:

Mini-Session 1: Basic/Clinical Science

3:30 - 3:37pm
“Polytrauma Independent of Therapeutic Intervention Alters the Gastrointestinal Microbiome”
Presenter: Dr. Susannah Nicholson
3:37 - 3:44pm
“Is Quicker Better? A NSQIP Analysis of Anesthesia Time and Complications Following Tracheostomy Placement”
Presenter: Dr. Monica Azmy
3:44 - 3:51pm
“Watchful Waiting Versus Elective Repair for Asymptomatic and Minimally Symptomatic Paraesophageal Hernias: A Cost-effectiveness Analysis”
Presenter: Dr. Ellen Morrow

Mini-Session 2: Gender-Specific Topics

3:51 - 3:58pm
“Perspectives of Pregnancy and Motherhood Among General Surgery Residents: A Qualitative Analysis”
Presenter: Dr. Erika Rangel
3:58 - 4:05pm
“Assessing the Domino Effect: Female Physician Industry Payments Fall Short, Parallel Gender Inequalities in Medicine”
Presenter: Dr. Anna Weiss
4:05 - 4:12pm
“Women are Underrepresented as Top Surgical Performers as Assessed by Case Volumes in the State of New York”
Presenter: Dr. Maria S. Altieri
4:15 - 4:45pm
Networking Break in the Surgeon's Lounge

Meet vendors and view posters from resident and student presenters.

5:00 - 6:00pm
Business Meeting and Presidential Speech

6:00 - 7:30pm
Reception in the Surgeons' Lounge

Join us for beer, wine and light hors d'oeuvres.

Resident & Student Mixer

Held at Shojo Restaurant. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Cash bar.

Sunday, October 21

8:30am - 12:30pm
Parallel Education Symposium

Negotiation Bootcamp - Co-Sponsored with the American Surgical Association
Featuring: Professor Robert Bordone, Harvard Law School

Mock Residency Selection Committee Workshop
Moderator: Dr. Lisa Ferzoco

Program details available here. Separate registration required.

9:30 - 11:30am
Massmouth Sponsored Storytelling Workshop

Have you wanted to enhance your public speaking skills? Learn how to keep a captive audience and deliver a pitch perfect presentation.

This event limited to 45 participants

For more information and to RSVP, email Dr. Tawakalitu Oseni at

2:00 - 5:00pm
The AWS Coaching Project Training
This session is for invited coaches only. Learn more about the AWS Coaching Project.

Monday, October 22

SoulCycle Charity Ride

Join us for a ride at SoulCycle Back Bay benefiting the Annual Conference and AWS Foundation.

More details available here.

6:00 - 7:30pm
Women in Surgery Committee Reception

7:30 - 10:00pm
AWS Foundation Awards Dinner

Dress code: Formal attire

Tuesday, October 23

7:00 - 9:00am
Networking Breakfast

Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Davids

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