Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Meeting

RCSI is delighted to host the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) for the inaugural Women in Surgery meeting in Dublin.

This unique event is the first Association of Women Surgeons meeting to take place in Ireland and seeks to celebrate the work of women surgeons from around the world. The event will focus on the experience and evolution of gender equality in surgery in the United States and Ireland.

Date: Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Location: College Hall, RCSI, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.



8:30 Registration

Introduction and Welcome
Mr Kenneth Mealy, RCSI President

Video introduction to RCSI: 'Leading the World to Better Health' and 'Women on Walls'

9:15 - 11:00

Panel 1: Women in Surgery – USA
Moderators: Margaret Dunn (USA) and Sarah Early (Ireland)

  • Women in Surgery in USA: Barbara Bass MD FACS
  • Association of Women Surgeons – The early days: Patricia Numann, MD FACS
  • Association of Women Surgeons – The present: Celeste Hollands, MD FACS FAAP
11:00  Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30

Panel 2: Women in Surgery – RCSI
Moderators:  Michaela West (USA) and Mary Nugent (Ireland)

  • Women in Surgery Ireland: Eilis Mc Govern FRCSI
  • PROGRESS Report - Gender Diversity in Surgery: Deborah Mc Namara, FRCSI
  • Global Surgery/Women in Surgery Africa: Agneta Odera, FCS(ECSA)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:00 Keynote speaker
Michelle Cullen, Managing Director, Accenture’s Global Enterprise Enablement
Discussion points 
14:00 - 15:00

Flexible Working
Moderators: Mary Beth Hughes MD FACS and TBC

  • LTFW – This Side of the Atlantic: Claire Murphy, FRCSI
  • Work Life Integration – One US Surgeon’s Perspective: Christine Laronga, MD FACS

10-minute Q&A 

15:00 - 16:00

Burnout and Resilience
Moderators: Nancy Gantt MD FACS and Camilla Carroll, MD FRCSI

  • Stress and Burnout in Irish Doctors: Blánaid Hayes, MD RCSI
  • Managing Burnout and Systems Change in the US: Hilary Sanfey, FRCSI FACS

10-minute Q&A 

16:00 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:15

Moderators: Beth Shaughnessy, MD FACS and Ailín Rogers, RCSI

  • Mentoring at RCSI – Aurora/30% Club: Collette Tully, NOCA
  • Activism in Action – ACS Women in Surgery Committee: Susan Pories, MD FACS
  • ACS WiSC Mentorship Programme: Carrie Sims, MD FACS

10-minute Q&A 

17:30 Close

Participants (full biographical information is available here)

  • Barbara Lee Bass, MD FACS
  • Camilla Carroll, MD FRCSI
  • Michelle Cullen, PhD
  • Margaret Dunn, MD, MBA, FACS
  • Sarah Early, MD FRCSI
  • Nancy Gantt, MD FACS
  • Blánaid Hayes, MD, FRCPI, FFOM
  • Celeste Hollands, MD FACS FAAP
  • Mary Beth Hughes, MD FACS
  • Christine Laronga, MD FACS
  • Eilis McGovern, MD FRCSI
  • Debora McNamara, MD FRCSI
  • Kenneth Mealy, MD FRCSI
  • Helen Mohan, MD MRCSI
  • Claire Murphy, FRCS
  • Mary Nugent, MD MRCSI
  • Patricia Numann, MD FACS
  • Agneta Odera, FCS(ECSA)
  • Susan Pories, MD FACS
  • Ailin Rogers, MD MRCSI
  • Hilary Sanfey, FRCSI FACS, FRCSEd
  • Beth Shaughnessy, MD, PhD, FACS
  • Carrie Sims, MD, PhD, MS, FACS
  • Collette Tully, NOCA
  • Laura Viani, MD FRCSI
  • Michaela West, MD, PhD, FACS

MD = Doctor of Medicine
FACS = Fellow American College of Surgeons
FAAP = Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
FRCS = Fellow Royal College of Surgeons (UK)
FRCSI = Fellow Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
NOCA = National Office of Clinical Audit, Ireland
FCS(ECSA) = Fellow College of Surgeons East, Central and South Africa

Michelle Cullen, Accenture

Dr Michelle D. Cullen is a Managing Director in Accenture’s Global Enterprise Enablement which provides corporate business services to Accenture around the world. She is also the MD sponsor for Inclusion & Diversity. Michelle has extensive experience in leading professionals across diverse functions, organisations and cultures. She is passionate about the business and social benefits of diversity and the power of diverse teams to create better, more inclusive solutions.

Michelle is particularly interested in how the language and imagery used in leadership can perpetuate exclusion and hamper innovation. Through projects such as Women on Walls and Accenture’s annual International Women’s Day event, Michelle influences organisations and leaders to build a culture that develops and showcases diverse leaders at all levels, to drive equality and inspire the next generation.

She was awarded the Dublin City University 2018 Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in recognition for her work in Diversity and Inclusion.

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