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Women Physicians Lead the Way—Meetings Designed for and By Women Physicians

Three Great Conferences for Women Coming Your Way, Spring 2013


Leadership “development” is a hot topic today in business, in education, and in medicine. With women physicians still occupying only 12% of the deans, chairs, board members and journal editors, women physicians seemed have been left behind.   But don’t tell the women who organize and attend these three great conferences.  They are not being left behind; they are leading the charge.

American Medical Women’s Association’s 98th Annual Meeting: March 15-17, 2013 in New York City at the New York Palace Hotel.  This meeting is known the “leading strategic career and personal development conference for women physicians, medical students and residents.”

This year’s program boasts speakers Nancy Andrews, MD PhD, Dean of Duke University School of Medicine speaking about work-life balance, and Julie Freischlag, MD, Chair of Surgery at Johns Hopkins, speaking about advances in vascular surgery.  From NYC, Catherin Manno, Chair of Pediatrics at NYU will speak on bleeding disorders and Marianne Legato, MD, from Columbia University will speak on gender specific medicine.

The meeting has a scientific poster session, an awards luncheon, a gala cruise Saturday night, and lots of time to network with hundreds of other women physicians.  From medicine to mentoring, this conference is always exciting and worthwhile.  An additional bonus, for you women’s rights around the world advocates, is that the AMWA meeting overlaps with the annual UN Meeting on the Status of Women.

Women’s Health 2013: The 21st Annual Congress: March 22-24, Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC.  This highly popular program is a sell out every year!  Brought to us by the editors of the Journal for Women’s Health, the program has the leading names in issues that relate to all in healthcare for women.

Linda Giudice, MD, PhD, Professor of OB/GYN at UCSF will give the Vivian Pinn Women’s Health Research Keynote Lecture: Advances in Understanding Endometriosis.  Nanette Santoro, MD, Professor of OB/GYN at the University of Colorado will speak on the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation.  From Chicago to Carolina,  from Massachusetts to Utah, the program is packed with the hottest issues in women’s health from cancer screening to cardiovascular care.

Scientific poster sessions are also on the agenda.  And as an added bonus, every day starts with an optional (but really not to be missed) yoga session at 6 a.m.!

Fourth Annual International Women in Surgery Symposium: at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, California.  A newcomer to the list of opportunities for women physicians to network and to grow their careers, no matter the stage, this conference brings almost all the leaders in surgery to one place for three days of excellent advice and strategies on how to become a happy and productive woman surgeon.  There is not topic that is not covered in this excellent career advancement symposium, co-chaired by Sharona Ross, MD from the University of Florida and Nancy Asher, MD, Chair of Surgery at UCSF.

Mentoring sessions, small group discussions, and plenty of time to pick the brains of women who are or who aspire to be surgeons.  Not to be missed!

Each conference has a different slant; each has something for everyone.  If you are in a traveling mood, and also want to visit three great cities, go to all three!  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.


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