Women in Transplantation Update

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Sharon Hunt, Stanford University Medical School;
Lori West, ISHLT President; and Sandi See Tai, Pfizer

A Women in Transplantation networking event was held in Prague on April 19, 2012 at the 32nd annual scientific meeting of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT). ISHLT President Dr. Lori West introduced invited speaker Dr. Sharon Hunt, Professor of Medicine at Stanford University Medical School and recipient of the 2012 ISHLT Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Hunt gave a presentation on her remarkable career, which covered an unparalleled period of advancement in heart transplantation at Stanford University. Especially interesting and enlightening were her reminiscences of women in medicine in the 1970s. She was a member of the first group of women admitted to medical training at Stanford University Medical School, and her talk included photographic evidence of her time there, mini-skirts and all! Dr. Hunt is widely known for her inspirational mentorship of clinical trainees, especially women, in heart failure and transplantation, so her address at the WIT event was particularly fitting. Over 70 attendees from all levels of training and career stages had the opportunity not only to listen to a moving talk from Dr. Hunt but also to develop and renew important networking contacts. As with previous events by the hugely successful WIT initiative, the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, and provided an encouragingly welcoming atmosphere for young women and new members. We are again thankful to Pfizer for their continuing support of the WIT initiative.

Berlin Congress WIT Events:

Monday, July 16th

WIT Networking Event (lunch) • Noon-13:30 • ICC Berlin (Oslo Room)

Elmi Muller Do You Treat Rottweilers or Poodles?

Tuesday, July 17th

Sunrise Symposia • 07:00-08:15 • ICC Berlin (Hall 6)

Regine Papp-Engels, Germany A perspective on Female Medical Professionals in the Developed World
Delawir Kahn, South Africa Feminizaton in Medicine as a General Trend and the Implications for the Workplace
Beatriz Dominguez-Gil, Spain Perspective of a Female Professional: Important Factors in Becoming a Female Professional

Wednesday, July 18th

Concurrent Oral Presentations • 15:30-17:00 • ICC Berlin (Hall 6)

Sabine Wohlke, Germany Gender Differences in Living Organ Recipients' Conceptions of the Body—
Medical Anthropological and Ethical Perspectives
Sven Pischke, Germany Outcome of Pregnancies after Liver or Kidney Transplantation
Mitra Mahdavi-Mazdeh, Iran Share of Females in Nephrology of Iran
Hagai Boaz, Israel The Gender Gap in Israeli Living Kidney Donations
Maren Schulze, Germany Training Female Transplant Surgeons in Germany—
Mandatory Changes Due to Gender Distribution of Medical Students—
How Will the System Cope?
Chi-Chua Yeh, Republic of China Female Transplant Surgeons in Taiwan
Charlotte Hauser, Germany Outcome after Allogenic Kidney Transplantation Distributed by Gender of the Surgeon—
A Retrospective Single Centre Analysis
Heba Abdelrazik, Egypt The Egyptian Revolution and Its Impact on An Egyptian Female Doctor Living Abroad for Seven Years
Sommer Gentry, USA Sommer Gentry, USA


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