The Society of Surgical Chairs (SSC) Women’s Committee held its third annual leadership event April 9–10 in Dallas, TX. The event was chaired by Mary T. Killackey, MD, FACS, professor and Robert and Viola Lobrano Chair, department of surgery, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, and was funded by Herbert J. Zeh III, MD, FACS, professor and chair, department of surgery, University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center, Dallas, and the American College of Surgeons Foundation.
This year’s event, Not a Moment in Time, was structured in a roundtable format focusing on strengthening and further developing the leadership skills of the committee members. The title for the event was taken from an abstract submitted to the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Women in Medicine and Science in 2018, Not a Moment in Time: Women Leaders in Surgery. A highlight of the day for participants involved an extended lunch with the women faculty and residents in the department of surgery at UTSW.
The mission statement of the SSC Women’s Committee is to advance the leadership and impact of women in academic surgery. The committee is composed of women chairs of surgery in the U.S. and Canada and is committed to advancing professional development and success of women in academic surgery and enriching diversity and achieving gender equity as leaders in surgery.