The Women in Surgery Career Symposium took place last weekend, February 16ththrough 18th, at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Clearwater Beach. The annual symposium celebrated its 9th anniversary, and accommodated over 200 high school, college, and medical students. The symposium hosted state-of-the-art surgery technology, and a forum for students to converse with top surgical professionals.
As of 2014, about 49 % of medical school students were female, but less than 30% of all surgeons were women. In some areas of surgery, the percentage of women was even less. For example, only 16% of orthopedic surgeons were women. Dr. Sharona Ross helped create the Women in Surgery Career Symposium in 2009 to help encourage women to pursue a surgical medical career.
Dr. Ross met with ABC’s Morning Blend on February 12thto discuss the reason behind creating the event. “There was a real negative perception to the field of surgery,” Dr. Ross shared. “It’s always very aggressive, male dominated – which is still true - and very toxic at times.” She explained that many females don’t think they are able to have a family while sustaining a surgical career. Dr. Ross believes that these perceptions are not true, which is why she helps put on the symposium each year.
The Women in Surgery Career Symposium was also featured by ABC Action News on February 16th, and by Bay News 9 on location on February 17th.
Click here to learn more about the annual Women in Surgery Career Symposium.
Dr. Sharona Ross was also recognized for her work with Dr. Rosemurgy and Dr. Sucandy regarding an extremely difficult liver surgery they performed. The surgery involved removing a tumor that had consumed more than 70% of the patient’s liver, giving her an estimated year to live. The removal of the tumor involved a number of risks, including not having enough liver left after the removal, as well as the risk of internal bleeding due to the tumor’s location. After removal, the patient made almost a complete recovery, and told her story on ABC Action News on February 19th.