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WOMEN IN CANCER
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EMPOWERING WOMEN SURGEONS
IN SURGICAL ONCOLOGY

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EMPOWERING
WOMEN SURGEONS
IN ONCOLOGY

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SSO Women in Cancer Surgery Mission

To create a community for women cancer surgeons and develop a variety of resources and tools they can utilize to meet their own personal and professional goals.

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Past / Upcoming Events

The presentation highlighted the principles and structure of an organizational peer support program that is designed to overcome barriers so that physicians receive the emotional support they need and deserve.

Led by Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Professionalism and Peer Support, this webinar focused on peer support for physicians.

Dr. Shapiro described some of the acute and chronic stressors experienced by physicians with particular emphasis on some of the stressors that are experienced by women physicians. There was an exploration of the cultural and structural barriers that have prevented well-intentioned efforts to provide emotional support to physicians as well the consequences of not receiving emotional support.

Watch this exclusive interview with Nancy G. Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen and the Promise Fund of Florida, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, U.S. Ambassador and Lifetime Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Nancy was the guest speaker for our WICS breakfast at SSO 2024 where she shared her journey and personal story that led her to be on the list of Ladies Home Journal’s “100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century” overcoming obstacles for females, raising awareness and resources for treating breast cancer and addressing healthcare disparities for women.

We were able to sit down with her after her speech and get some more insight into her journey and impact on women’s health.

Focus on success! for a dynamic discussion with a panel of female leaders in surgical oncology, exchanging insights on career development and leadership.

This activity focused on an in-depth discussion of key issues in management and organizations for women in cancer surgery, using a journal club format, to foster the professional growth of women like you in the field. Three articles were reviewed, offering practical tools for managing and elevating your career and best practices for women in cancer surgery to thrive!

Prior to watching this webinar, please explore these freely accessible Harvard Business Review articles:

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This activity focuses on an in-depth discussion of the concepts of negotiation including positions, interests, and alternatives that are relevant across a broad range of professional activities including attaining a first job, adjusting one’s current role, and representing the interest of one’s team/division/department when engaging with other groups.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define the difference between positions and interests and how these concepts affect negotiation.
  • Define the concept of BATNA (best alternative to negotiated agreement).
  • Apply concepts of negotiation to one’s own situation.

The presentation highlighted the principles and structure of an organizational peer support program that is designed to overcome barriers so that physicians receive the emotional support they need and deserve.

Led by Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Professionalism and Peer Support, this webinar focused on peer support for physicians.

Dr. Shapiro described some of the acute and chronic stressors experienced by physicians with particular emphasis on some of the stressors that are experienced by women physicians. There was an exploration of the cultural and structural barriers that have prevented well-intentioned efforts to provide emotional support to physicians as well the consequences of not receiving emotional support.

Watch this webinar to gain tips and tricks to help you be more efficient and capitalize on your energy while you work.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Understanding our “3 brains”
  • The “brain chains” that limit our productivity
  • Task management frameworks
  • Helpful products and tools to increase efficiency

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Established in 2022, the SSO Women in Cancer Surgery (WICS) Work Group has developed a framework for addressing the personal and professional needs of female cancer surgeons, utilizing a variety of initiatives and delivery methods including events, podcasts, on-demand content, online resources, communities, book club and more.

Podcast Episodes

WICS is excited to begin recording podcasts! Check out WICS podcasts below and listen to SSO’s SurgOnc Today® podcast for even more great content!

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Book Club

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

For twenty years, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team has been engaging audiences with a page-turning, realistic fable that follows the travails of Kathryn Petersen, DecisionTech’s CEO, as she faces the ultimate leadership crisis. She must unite a team in such disarray that it threatens to derail the entire company.

Multipliers

A thought-provoking exploration of why some leaders drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others amplify it to produce better results.

7 Roles Great Leaders Don’t Delegate

This book makes the seven non-delegable roles of the leader explicit, organized, and connected, and thereby provides a springboard to help you develop your leadership paradigm.
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