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  • Residents and fellows, we now have a corner of our website just for you! Here you’ll find links and articles geared to residents, as well as featured profiles of women CT surgery residents!
  • Check out the brand new sections of our website, featuring profiles of outstanding women in our specialty! Here you will find tributes to historic women who changed our field, as well as phenomenal examples of women currently practicing CT surgery!
  • Congratulations to the new 2018 WTS leaders, announced at the WTS reception in Fort Lauderdale, including incoming President: Shanda Blackmon! We are excited to welcome several outstanding women surgeons to our new leadership roster. 
  • Thanks to all who joined us for the WTS Member Meeting and Reception held in conjunction with the 2018 STS meeting in Fort Lauderdale! We had a great turnout! Check out our photos available here!
  • The AATS is collaborating with WTS for the 2018 Leadership Academy! The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is joining with WTS to expand the highly successful AATS Leadership Academy program to a broader audience. The collaboration will focus on developing future women leaders by exposing them to the administrative, interpersonal, and mentoring skills necessary to serve in leadership positions in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.  Please follow this link for more information about the experience and the application process!
  • The 2017 recipients of the WTS International Traveling Fellowship were Dr. Ogadinma Mgbajah and Dr. Shipra Shivastava.  Read about the experiences of Dr. Shivastava and Mgbajah in their detailed accounts linked here!
  • The latest issue of the Oracle is now available! Follow this link to read exciting features, including:
    • A letter from WTS President, Jessica S. Donington, MD;
    • New ABTS Diplomates;
    • An Oracle editorial featuring, Nina Starr Braunwald: The First Female Cardiothoracic Surgical Giant;
    • A look into the Carpenter Scholarship Experience by Joanne Sun;
    • 2018 WTS Scholarship Opportunities;
    • A Resident’s Journey: Intern Year, Caitlin Harrington Brown, MD; and
    • An article by Oracle Editor, Erin Gillaspie, MD, titled “Words from a Partially Reformed Work-Aholic”
  • Visit our Scanlan/WTS Traveling Scholarship page to read about Rosalie Sterner’s experience with mentor Dr. Jennifer Lawton!
Award Recipient Rosalie Sterner with mentor Dr. Jennifer Lawton

Award Recipient Rosalie Sterner with mentor Dr. Jennifer Lawton

  • WTS Contribution to #NYerORCoverChallenge: On April 3, 2017, The New Yorker’s Health, Medicine & the Body Issue this year featured the animated cover “Operating Theatre,” by the French artist Malika Favre.  Since that time, the cover has been replicated by women surgeons all over the world.  Check out these photos of WTS members at AATS recreating the famed New Yorker cover art as part of the social media movement, the #NYerORCoverChallenge! In addition, read more about the movement on CTSNet, at this link!

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  • Read our latest article in the MedStudent Corner, contributed by Brienne Ryan, on Dispelling the Myths: What I learned from the 2017 STS Conference
  • Read about the experiences of the 2016 recipients of the Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award! Robin Boyer describes her opportunity to visit Dr. Cynthia Herrington at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and Kyla Joubert highlights her travels to MD Anderson in Houston, where she was mentored by Dr. Mara Antonoff.
  • Announcing the WTS-Intuitive Robotic Fellowship: this is a unique opportunity for advanced robotic training for a female thoracic surgeon by a female thoracic surgeon. More information can be found here.
  • Just released by the STS: 30th Anniversary Roundtable Discussion featuring Drs. Jennifer Lawton, Bill Baumgartner, AJ Carpenter, Jessica Donington, and Mara Antonoff.
  • We are excited to share Nora Burgess’s presentation from the STS reception, highlighting 30 years of important WTS history!
  • Check out this great video! We are pleased to share this video, featuring our loved ones, explaining what it’s like to be a CT surgeon.   The video debuted at our 30th anniversary celebration and was a huge hit!
  • We are excited to announce the 2016 Scanlan/WTS Traveling Mentorship Award recipients:
    • Robin Boyer, Ross University, who will visit Tara Karamlou
    • Kyla Joubert, University of Arkansas, who will visit Mara Antonoff
  • The latest recipients of the Carolyn Reed Award have been announced! Hats off to Drs. Elizabeth David and Daniela Molena! More to come on their experiences with the award in the coming months!
  • Read Dr. Melanie Edwardssummary of her experience as a 2015 TSFRE/WTS Carolyn Reed Traveling Fellowship recipient.
  • Follow this link to read a fascinating article featuring Dr. Kathleen Fenton, entitled “A Global Practice: My Experience with Cardiothoracic Surgery Mission Work.”

    Dr. Kathleen Fenton

    Dr. Kathleen Fenton

  • Read Dr. Jessica Donington‘s summary of her experience as a 2015 TSFRE/WTS Carolyn Reed Traveling Fellowship Award recipient.
  • Check out a recently published letter written by Dr. Shanda Blackmon regarding “How do we manage gender issues in Thoracic Surgery in the current era? When it is no longer unique to be a woman in Thoracic Surgery…. ”

    Dr. Blackmon

    Dr. Blackmon

  • The WTS is proud to share the efforts of our own Dr. Emily Farkas on her recent trip to Nepal.  The TSFRE, STS and Edwards Lifesciences sponsored a trip involving Dr. Farkas and her charity, CardioStart International, to provide emergency medical relief in Nepal following the earthquake, which occurred right before a previously planned trip to start a cardiac surgery program at Kathmandu University. Check out this article  regarding her efforts and this terrific video

    Dr. Emily Farkas in Nepal

    Dr. Emily Farkas in Nepal

  • We are now featuring periodic articles on our site written by medical students and residents, aimed toward early trainees interested in CT surgery.  Our first medical student article, written by Caitlin Brown, is now available.  Follow this link to read her fantastic article on Lessons Learned, filled with tips for medical students interested in thoracic surgery! If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a message to mbantonoff@mdanderson.org.
  • WTS Now Accepts Online Payment
  • Encourage Colleagues, Institutions to Apply for WTS  Membership

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