Today, I present to you my 200th feature. This is the youngest ‘person’ featured to-date, but #ILookLikeASurgeon is by-far, the most popular. Born a little over a year ago on August 5, 2015, #ILookLikeASurgeon was first discussed by @logghemd in a text message exchange w/ her fellow surgical resident @sarascarlet88. A few tweets & a blog post later, #ILookLikeASurgeon created a ‘movement’ that has attracted the attention of medical & surgical societies, universities & residency programs, hospital systems, patients and others.
#ILookLikeASurgeon symbolizes a ‘positive & affirming message’ that highlights the fact that surgeons come in all forms--transcending age, geographic, racial & yes, gender boundaries. She is a platform that seeks to UNIFY in an effort to ‘communicate & collaborate to address stereotypes & issues that affect both men AND women’ – issues such as work-life ‘integration’, workplace culture & the wage-pay gap, (to name a few)
When I started this platform just 9-months ago, I set out to feature ALL women in surgery & I have held true to that mission. EVERYBODY, regardless of title, deserves equal recognition for a life’s calling devoted to a common passion. All 199 women featured get the same amount of my time highlighting the things in ‘life’ that ‘sets their souls on fire’. Period.
So as I feature #ILookLikeASurgeon to commemorate a special milestone on my platform, I recognize her incredible achievement in building a movement & her underlying intent, rather than the term ‘Surgeon’. Every day, I awake to new followers, msgs, & emails from women around the world – they inspire ME. The ‘split images’, which are quite popular go far beyond an aesthetic intrigue – they symbolize passionate lives who are amalgamations of career, friends, family, love & life – behind each mask is a beautiful, yet imperfect story that carries a positive message that CAN & WILL inspire the next generation to explore career paths available to EVERYONE…#ILookLikeASurgeon was the ‘SPARK’ to ‘MY MATCH’, & I thank HER w/ my time & curation. Special thx to @drkathyhughes.