Women's Microsurgery Group

Mission:

Our mission is to support women microsurgical and reconstructive surgeons in order to help them achieve their professional and personal aspirations.

Goals:

To facilitate networking and mentoring and to foster and promote professional development, as well as to provide a safe forum to help women achieve work-life balance

 

The WMG is excited to announce the start of individual Membership to WMG. Membership will allow us to help create a national and international network of female microsurgeons and provide information to members throughout the year.  

We are creating a platform to discuss issues, topics or stories that pertain to our common interest in reconstructive surgery and microsurgery.

Membership to WMG includes:

  • Mentorship where microsurgeons in practice who are members of ASRM are paired with younger microsurgeons in residency or even medical school

  • Newsletter that provides information on members, interesting topics, announcements, events

  • Invitation to Pre-Meeting Workshops

  • Network with other microsurgeons

   

The WMG Mentorship Program is open to all women medical students, residents, and fellows attending the ASRM meeting.  If you are interested in participating as a MENTEE or MENTOR please select the appropriate link below to participate.  The mentees will meet informally one on-one with their mentors during ASRM at least twice during the meeting. The deadline to submit applications is November 1, 2019.                

ViOptix Travel Scholarship:

The purpose of the Women’s Microsurgery Group travel scholarship is to foster early interest in reconstructive microsurgery in women medical students or residents. This year ViOptix will be funding two travel scholarships for the Women’s Microsurgery Group.  Funding by ViOptix includes travel to the ASRM Annual Meeting (coach fare, purchased at least 3 weeks in advance), hotel costs for up to 4 nights, and ASRM meeting registration fees. Awardee will be responsible for food/beverage costs outside of what is provided during the ASRM Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit the application is October 15For additional information regarding the Women's Microsurgery Group ViOptix Travel Scholarship please click here. 

Experience in the Eyes of the WMG Scholarship Recipients!

2019 - Cara Black

"Meeting the many professors, leaders of professional organizations, and innovative researchers in WMG was inspiring and provided me with tangible role models to emulate in the field. This year’s “Defining Career Success and Preventing Burnout” panel allowed me to gain wisdom and tools to make tough choices when prioritizing between career, family, and hobbies.(read more)

2018 - Alexandra Keane

"One of the highlights of the meeting was the Women’s Microsurgery Lunch Series, “Work Life Balance or Juggling Act?” Drs. Joan Lipa, Liza Wu, Anu Bajaj, and Aldona Spiegel discussed their personal approaches to maintaining a balance between their busy surgical practices, family, and hobbies that suits their personality and values. They then fielded questions from an audience of talented and ambitious young female microsurgeons (and aspiring medical students!), and provided candid, insightful, and valuable answers and advice.(read more)

Previous WMG Scholarship Recipients

2019: Cara Black

Christina Vargas, MD

2018: Alexandra Keane

Stephanie Koonce, MD

2017: Paschalia (Lina) Mountziaris, MD, PhD

Chao Long

2016: Jeanette Man, MD

Katherine Santosa, MD

2015: Siba Haykal, MD

         Irene Pien, MD

2014:  Marquita Kilgore, MD

 

Committee Members

Aldona Spiegel, MD, Chair Aspiegel@houstonmethodist.org

Angela Cheng, MD angelacheng@emory.edu

Summer Hanson, MD SEHanson@mdanderson.org

Dung Nguyen, MD

nguyendh@stanford.edu

Toni Zhong, MD toni.zhong@uhn.ca

Melissa Poh, MD melissa.poh@gmail.com

Heather Erhard, MD  heathererhard@optonline.net

Caroylyn De La Cruz, MD delacruzc@upmc.edu

Stephanie Caterson, MD  sacaterson@yahoo.com

 

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