WIS at the ASC
Our Section were well represented at the Brisbane ASC. From the wonderful turn out at the inaugural WIS networking function on the Tuesday evening to the terrific sessions put together by this year's convener, Teresa Withers, we hope you were able to enjoy and be motivated by the presentations and the networking opportunities the ASC provides.
The RACS Annual Scientific Congress May 16 saw the launch of the ‘Lets operate with respect campaign’
. Plenary and other session through out the week covered topics of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. Gerry Hickson presented in many forums on the Vanderbilt-Hickson principles of graduated interventions for inappropriate behaviors. The Women in Surgery Section had well attended sessions. Content included Women as Scholars and Leaders, and great debate with Education, ‘Women are natural born educators’. Further information on the 'Lets operate with respect campaign'
and the College's Action Plan as a result of the recommendations of the Expert Advisory Committee can be found on the College website
We had our first networking drinks at the event, a great success. We were fortunate to have Miss Clare Marx, current and first female president of RCS England as guest speaker at our WISS Breakfast and ABM. Her Talk titled ‘Still a man’s world?’ was inspiring and created great discussion.
Ruth Bollard FRACS
Chair, WIS Section Committee
Ruth can be found on Twitter @Ruthbollard