As we all make personal resolutions for the New Year upon us, I think it’s only fitting that I make a resolution for InspireWIS. Initiatives should evolve & improve consistently, not just at the turn of a year, but all the time. In any case, there are 3 main things I would like to focus InspireWIS on in 2017.
 DIVERSE: There’s a couple different areas of diversity I would like to focus on in 2017 – one is ethnicity. I will aim to highlight more women of diverse ethnic backgrounds – I think it’s very important to find women in surgery who represent a broader ethnic mix & will strive to do so in 2017; this includes international women in surgery. Part two of diversity is my continuing focus to highlight the accomplishments of all women in surgery – this means more #RNs, #CSTs, #Perfusionists & others. I would love to get an accomplished woman from the medical device world on the site!
 HOLISTIC: I would like to continue to tell the stories of women first-and-foremost, & weave in how being a ‘woman in surgery’ enhances that overall identity. It’s easy to only focus on the professional aspects, but we are all more than just our careers & I find it so important to acknowledge the ‘rest of our lives’.
 EMOTIVE: Any great story has an emotional component – it doesn’t mean that every person featured needs some tragedy or dramatic event in their lives, but as a storyteller, I need to continue to strive to find the aspects of these incredible women’s lives that tug on the heart – it is what differentiates a ‘story’ from a ‘biography’. I want to tell stories.
This incredible photo above is courtesy of Elizabeth 'Betsy' Dovec, MD, FACS - a Bariatric Surgeon and Director of the Comprehensive Obesity Management Program at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Her personal website can be found here.