About the Discussion

NEJM CareerCenter Conversations: #ILookLikeASurgeon—What It Means and Why It Is Important for Women Surgeons

This discussion is held in collaboration with the Association of Women Surgeons. It will incite conversation that will lead up to the Association of Women Surgeons Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

This discussion will quickly cover some of the most pressing issues that have captured our attention in social media and our broader culture impacting women surgeons today.

As a launching point, we will start with the #ILookLikeASurgeon movement, reflecting on how and why it started, what it’s doing now, and where we want it to go. What stereotypes have typically affected women surgeons? How has social media helped to combat those stereotypes? Can social media be used in other areas of surgery and medicine?

Next we will discuss work/life balance for surgeons. How does call schedule flexibility affect the ability to achieve work/life balance? What support systems do we need in order to prevent burn-out? Is the idea of the traditional surgeon changing?

Finally, we will discuss leadership in surgery. Are there enough women leaders? Is leadership different for a woman? Is the right leadership necessary to keep women in the field of surgery?

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