Program Agenda

Program Agenda

Advancing Women as Agents of Change: Leading Outside the Lines with Continuous Innovation

Friday, February 24, 2023

2:30-4:45 pm  |  Workshop Sessions (RSVP Required)

Session A: Undergraduates/Medical Students

      Moderator:Anne Lidor, MD
      Panel: Alisa Coker, MD; Rahila Essani, MD; Andrea Pakula, MD; Lana Schumacher, MD; Lucy De La Cruz, MD; Christopher Burnett; Sarah Samreen, MD

  • First Impressions are Essential
    • Dress to Impress
    • Conference Etiquette
    • Crafting a Memorable Elevator Pitch
  • Enhancing Your Profile: How to Gain Credibility
    • My Personal Statements
    • Curriculum Vitae: Best Designed Resume
    • Pursuit of Publications: Involvement In Research
    • MCAT/USMLE Tips
  • Financial Planning & Wellness: How to Best Handle Debt Interactive Sessions:
    • Hitting a Homerun with Your Interviews
      • Role-Play Interviews
    • How to Maximize Networking
      • Mentor Scavenger Hunt
      • ABC’s of a Successful Mentor/Mentee Relationship

Session B: Residents/Fellows

      Moderator:Tanuja Damani, MD
      Panel: Adnan Alseidi, MD; Lynn O’Connor, MD; Kellie McFarlin, MD; Jessica Minesinger, CMOM; Marina Kurian, MD; Caitlin Houghton, MD; Laila Rashidi, MD

  • Transitioning to residency or fellowship
    • How Assertive Should I Be?
    • How to Stand Out while Remaining a Team Player
    • How Should I Evaluate the Advanced Technology Access and Training I Will Receive During the Program?
    • How Should I Assess the Culture of the Organization?
  • Financial Planning 101
    • Personal Financial Planning
    • How to Handle Debt
    • When Should I Develop an Investment Portfolio?
  • Is it Important to Join Surgical Organizations?
    • How Would a Membership Benefit my Career
      • How to Choose Which Surgical Society Should I Join First
    • Optimal Time to Start Family Planning
    • How to Master Networking
5:00-6:00 pm  |  Women In Surgery Research Poster Competition Session – Leigh Neumayer, MD

Saturday, February 25, 2023

8:15-10:30 am  |  STEM Students Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgical Competition
7:00-8:00 am  |  Registration/Exhibits/Networking Breakfast
8:10-8:15 am  |  Program Chair Opening Remarks, Sharona Ross
8:15-8:30 am  |  How to Become the Woman Who Elevates Other Women as She Climbs the Ladder: Viewing Meritocracy Through an Objective Lens, Julie Freischlag, MD
8:30-9:30 am  |  Plenary #1: My Journey to Global Leadership

      Moderator: Julie Freischlag, MD
      Panel: Janet Tuttle-Newhall, MD; Julie Ann Sosa, MD; Omaida Velazquez, MD; Nita Ahuja, MD; Mary Maniscalco-Theberge, MD; Silvana Perretta, MD; Jennifer Tseng, MD

9:30-10:30 am  |  Plenary #2: Diversity and Equity in Leadership

      Moderator: Aurora Pryor
      Panel: Lynn O’Connor, MD; Patricia Numann, MD; John Marks, MD; Sandra Wong, MD; Alice Wei, MD; Tanuja Damani, MD; Marina Kurian, MD

  • Obstacles to Leadership: What are the Opportunities?
  • Leading with an Equity Lens: Integrating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Surgery
  • Learning How to Make “Difficult” Decisions as a Leader
  • Underrepresented in Medicine
  • Conquering Imposter Syndrome
  • How to Gain Leadership Respect
  • Grit and Grace: How to Master Both
10:30-11:30 am  |  Plenary #3: Networking – Mentorship vs. Sponsorship

      Moderator: Aurora Pryor, MD
      Panel: Leigh Neumayer, MD; Patricia Sylla, MD; Mark Soliman, MD; Adnan Alseidi, MD; Leena Khaitan, MD; Lana Schumacher, MD; Sarah Samreen, MD

  • Understanding the Differences
  • How to Find a Mentor and/or Sponsor
  • When Does it Work
  • What are the Barriers and How to Overcome Them
  • Reinventing Networks of Support
  • Amplifying Allyship: How to Truly Be a Mentor for Others
13:30-1:00 pm  |  Networking Lunch
10:30-11:30 am  |  Plenary #4: Deconstructing Financial Decisions

      Moderator: Julie Ann Sosa, MD
      Panel: Melissa Phillips, MD (Surgeon Candidate); Melissa Mora, ESQ (Employment Attorney); Jennifer Snider (CEO of Physician Group); Jessica Minesinger, CMOM (Financial Consultant); Maureen Aryal, MBA (Financial Planner); Sanziana Roman, MD (Spouse)

  • Contract Negotiations
    • Act 1: First Job
    • Act 2: Recruitment to Another Institution
    • Act 3: Promotion to a Leadership Position
  • Tools and Recipes to Negotiate Contracts With One or Multiple Offers: Do’s and Don’ts
  • Compensation Structure:
    • Base Salary, RVU Requirements
    • Bonus Structure
    • Productivity vs. Value Compensation
    • Tips and Tricks
  • Closing the Gender Wage Gap in Surgery
  • How to Evaluate Your Salary and Prevent Burnout
  • Financial Planning Managing Debt
    • Cash Flow
    • Savings
    • Estate
    • Retirement
    • Investments
    • Insurance
2:00-2:50 am  |  Plenary #5: Innovative Technology in Healthcare

      Moderator: Melissa Hogg, MD
      Panel: Darla Hutton, MS; Linda Richetelli-Pepe, MBA; Jessica Minesinger, CMOM; Nadine Hachach-Haram, MD; Laila Rashidi, MD

  • Video-Based Assessment: Eliminating Bias
  • Embracing Cutting-Edge Surgical Care in Outpatient Settings
  • Encouraging Women to Become Innovators
  • Leveraging the Power of Digital and Data: The Need for Data Transparency
  • Women are Multitaskers by Nature: How Can We Bring This into Integrating Technology
2:50-3:50 am  |  Plenary #6: Career and Personal Life: Can we have it all?

      Moderator: Patricia Sylla, MD
      Panel: Laila Rashidi, MD; Alisa Coker, MD; Anne Lidor, MD; Rahila Essani, MD; Caitlin Houghton, MD; Kellie McFarlin, MD; Melissa Phillips, MD; Moran Slavin, MD; Pamela Hodul, MD

  • Being Wonder Woman Is Not Easy: The Balancing Act of Work/Life Balance
  • Being Single, Is It That Bad? What Are The Pros and Cons?
  • When Should I Seek a Fertility Specialist?
  • Challenges About Life Outside of Work
  • Power and Vulnerability
  • When Is It Okay to Say ‘No’… When You’re a Leader?
  • Prioritizing Your Health: Dealing with Mental Health Issues/ Stress
  • Empathy Exhaustion: Optimal Performance Starts Outside of the OR
  • Dealing With Harassment From Patients And Leadership
  • Post COVID Climate
3:50-4:00 pm | Snack Break/Networking/Mentorship Social
Parallel Sessions
4:00-5:30 pm  |  Undergraduate/Medical Students Parallel Session

      Moderator: Vivian Gahtan
      Panel: Krista Haines, DO; Lucy De La Cruz, MD; Pamela Hodul, MD; Ana Parsee, MD; Kim-Phung Nguyen, MD; Iswanto Sucandy, MD; Andrea Pakula, MD; Scott Gallagher, MD

  • Tips on Applying to Medical School and Residency: Distinguishing Yourself Without Step 1
    • Personal Statements, LORs, and Extracurricular
  • DO vs. MD: Are They One in the Same?
  • Fill The Gap: How to Make the Most of a Gap Year
  • Building Your Brand: How to Use Social Media to Your Advantage
  • Family Planning
  • Mental Health Maintenance

Q&A Panel: All Faculty

4:00-5:30 pm  |  WLISS (Women’s Leadership in Surgery Society) Residents/Fellows Parallel Session

      Moderator: Aurora Pryor, MD
      Panel: Julie Freischlag, MD; Patricia Sylla, MD; Anne Lidor, MD; Alia Qureshi, MD; Caitlin Halbert, DO; Maria S. Altieri, MD

  • Cultures to Promote Wellness
  • Choosing the Right Job For YOU
  • How To Set Up For a Successful Career
  • Fertility Considerations for Family Planning
  • Dealing With Loss
  • Strategies to Maintain Personal Health

Q&A Panel: All Faculty

4:00-5:30 pm  |  AWS (Association of Women Surgeons) Attendings Parallel Session

      Moderators:Christine Laronga, MD & Marybeth Hughes, MD
      Panel: Alexa Soult, MD; Jana Sacco, MD; Melissa Alvarez-Downing, MD

  • Ergonomics in the Operating Room
  • Financial Wellness and Negotiations
  • Disability 101 for Surgeons

Q&A Panel: All Faculty

5:30-5:40 pm  |  Symposium Plenary Closing Remarks
7:00-9:00 pm  |  Faculty Dinner


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