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SSO Women in Cancer Surgery Mission

To create a community for women cancer surgeons and develop a variety of resources and tools they can utilize to meet their own personal and professional goals.

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Past / Upcoming Events

Focus on success! for a dynamic discussion with a panel of female leaders in surgical oncology, exchanging insights on career development and leadership.

This activity focused on an in-depth discussion of key issues in management and organizations for women in cancer surgery, using a journal club format, to foster the professional growth of women like you in the field. Three articles were reviewed, offering practical tools for managing and elevating your career and best practices for women in cancer surgery to thrive!

Prior to watching this webinar, please explore these freely accessible Harvard Business Review articles:

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This activity focuses on an in-depth discussion of the concepts of negotiation including positions, interests, and alternatives that are relevant across a broad range of professional activities including attaining a first job, adjusting one’s current role, and representing the interest of one’s team/division/department when engaging with other groups.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define the difference between positions and interests and how these concepts affect negotiation.
  • Define the concept of BATNA (best alternative to negotiated agreement).
  • Apply concepts of negotiation to one’s own situation.

The presentation highlighted the principles and structure of an organizational peer support program that is designed to overcome barriers so that physicians receive the emotional support they need and deserve.

Led by Jo Shapiro, MD, FACS, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Professionalism and Peer Support, this webinar focused on peer support for physicians.

Dr. Shapiro described some of the acute and chronic stressors experienced by physicians with particular emphasis on some of the stressors that are experienced by women physicians. There was an exploration of the cultural and structural barriers that have prevented well-intentioned efforts to provide emotional support to physicians as well the consequences of not receiving emotional support.

Watch this webinar to gain tips and tricks to help you be more efficient and capitalize on your energy while you work.

Topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Understanding our “3 brains”
  • The “brain chains” that limit our productivity
  • Task management frameworks
  • Helpful products and tools to increase efficiency

Watch this webinar about the unique ergonomic challenges women face in cancer surgery. Ergonomics impacts everything from surgical outcomes to patient safety and surgeon well-being.

Topics that will be covered during this webinar include:

  • Ergonomics challenges and specific considerations for women in cancer surgery
  • Introduction to cognitive ergonomics
  • Considerations of cognitive disruptions in OR for women in cancer surgery
  • Ergonomic best practices and interventions
  • Special considerations for women in cancer surgery

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Established in 2022, the SSO Women in Cancer Surgery (WICS) Work Group has developed a framework for addressing the personal and professional needs of female cancer surgeons, utilizing a variety of initiatives and delivery methods including events, podcasts, on-demand content, online resources, communities, book club and more.

Podcast Episodes

WICS is excited to begin recording podcasts soon! Check out SSO’s SurgOnc Today podcast for great content in the meantime!

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Book Club


A thought-provoking exploration of why some leaders drain capability and intelligence from their teams, while others amplify it to produce better results.


Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be Black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post–9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.

7 Roles Great Leaders Don’t Delegate

This book makes the seven non-delegable roles of the leader explicit, organized, and connected, and thereby provides a springboard to help you develop your leadership paradigm.
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