In early February 2017, I began rotating my social media icons with a different inspiring woman in surgery's 'split image' to honor her respective accomplishments:
This site is dedicated to women who work in surgery. It is a platform to expose the progress of women around the world who have had the courage to 'take the road less-traveled' in a male-dominated profession. While many communities out there are limited to female surgeons, my initiative is about showcasing the progression and accomplishments of all women who have a passion for excellence in surgical careers. The goal is to tell great stories about amazing women to inspire others.
This all started in January-2016 as an Instagram page, and has since morphed into a whole platform supporting the progression of women in surgical careers. This page is not about one person's mission - it is made possible by the hundreds of amazing women who have stepped forward to share their courage, determination, humility, perseverance, triumph and failures to provide a guiding light and perspective for the next generation of women who seek to explore surgical careers.
Inspiration does not come from reciting resumes and CV's - it is about taking a person's accomplishments and bringing a balanced perspective to create a story of professional and personal achievement that leads to a life fulfilled. In April-2016, I signed a book deal, aptly titled 'Restricted Area', to bring these amazing stories to life. Check out my latest gallery of "Faces of Surgery".
A few of my principles:
- Be 'That' Person: You never know who is watching - for those of you that have 'made it', be an example for those that look to follow the trail you have helped blaze.
- Focus on the Possibilities: Everybody starts somewhere - no matter how far down the 'wrong side of advantage' you may feel, focus on the possibilities - it is the only way anything ever gets from nothing to amazing.
- Be Kind and Respectful: The world of surgery is hard enough, don't make it harder by putting down other women (or other people) - it only creates greater headwinds in this movement.
I encourage you to tell your story! I just want to re-emphasize that my work is not limited to surgeons - it's equal exposure no matter what you do in surgery and everybody can inspire. You never know who is reading. Fill out the form.