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At the Top

Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, outgoing president of the Association for Academic Surgeons, spoke at the AAS/SUS Academic Surgical Congress in Las Vegas recently, and her powerful presentation was widely talked and tweeted about by attendees afterward. Dr. Greenberg’s presidential address, titled “Sticky Floors and Glass Ceilings,” addressed gender bias in surgery as well as wider issues of gender equity in American society. Female surgical residents have significantly higher burnout and dropout rates than male surgical residents. The overall pay gap for women widens for women with advanced degrees, and according to the Census Bureau, the gender pay gap for physicians and surgeons was 64.5% from 2010-2014. Factors in this gap include women working in less highly compensated specialties, being more likely to take time off for family matters and less likely to negotiate aggressively for promotion or higher pay. Research also shows that women are socially penalized for violating gender norms that dictate stereotypical gender-based behavior. Please join me in commending Dr. Greenberg for her thoughtful and impactful presentation.

Promotion

The School of Medicine and Public Health CHS Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committee announced the promotion of Tony Kille, MD, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, to the rank of Associate Professor (CHS). Dr. Kille directs the Otolaryngology Residency Program. Congratulations, Dr. Kille, for this well-deserved promotion.

Education

Student Services Coordinator Elizabeth Bingman is the winner of the 2017 Association for Surgical Education Clerkship Coordinator Recognition Award. This award is given annually to one clerkship coordinator in the U.S. who has made the biggest contribution to the students and faculty at their school of medicine. Elizabeth will accept her award in April at the ASE banquet during Surgical Education Week. If you see Elizabeth, please congratulate her for this well-deserved recognition. We have always known she was awesome; now all of North America knows.

Patient Comments from Hospital Survey

Lee Wilke, MD, FACS (General)
“Dr. Wilke is the best doctor I have ever seen as a patient. She is bright, friendly, caring, and compassionate. She is concerned about all of my questions and issues. Incredibly proactive, especially related to patient needs. She is the smartest and most informed physician I have ever worked with. I trust her completely. The best!”

Ashley Anderson, MD, MS (Otolaryngology)
“Dr. Anderson was very prompt. He was very sensitive to my discomfort and addressed it in a very kind manner”

Dixon Kaufman, MD, PhD, FACS (Transplant)
“My provider, Dr. Kaufman & staff, were extremely understandable, professional, and paid attention to my family & my needs and concerns. My stay at UW was very pleasant and my visits were just as pleasant. I will truly recommend UW and Dr. Kaufman to my family and friends. Because of my excellent care I have a great quality of life. Thank you.

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