Women in Transplantation Update

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The Women in Transplantation (WIT) initiative, conceived by Dr. Kathryn J. Wood, was organized by a steering committee appointed through the Transplantation Society in 2009. The members of the steering committee include Kathryn J. Wood, Camille Kotton, Josefina Alberu, Mona Alrukhaimi, Nancy Ascher, Gabriela Berlakovich, Josette Eris, Roslyn Mannon, Elmi Muller, Elaine Reed, Sandi See Tai, Megan Sykes, A. Vathsala, and Lori West. The group has begun another exciting year of outreach and support for the female transplant professional. Activities of WIT have provided women involved in various aspects of transplantation the opportunity to attend national and international conferences and to interact with one another during these meetings. The group has emphasized the importance of women participating in conferences by hosting satellite networking events concurrent with these meetings. The WIT initiative of The Transplantation Society in Berlin involved a formal meeting session, which addressed key issues for both women and men in the workplace. Some of our most recent activities at international conferences include networking events at the 5th Pan Arab Liver Transplant Society Congress, which was held in Doha, Qatar; and in Alberta, Canada during the Canadian Society of Transplantation’s Annual meeting. We will also have a presence at the American Transplant Congress in Seattle, Washington in May of 2013 and have recently solidified plans for a networking event at the 7th Congress on Pediatric Transplantation to be held in Warsaw, Poland by the International Pediatric Transplant Association from July 13-16, 2013. We have had wonderful turnouts at each of our events with an increasing number of attendees and lively discussion.

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Delegates attending the WIT networking event at the
5th Pan Arab Liver Transplant Society Congress in Doha

The other major initiative of the WIT is to provide national and international mentorship for young women entering the transplant field. One round of mentor-mentee exchange has been completed. We currently have 80 mentors in a variety of transplant related fields and we are poised to announce a second round of mentee applications. For information regarding the opportunity for mentorship, upcoming networking events and all other WIT initiatives, please visit www.tts-wit.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .