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Thoracic Surgeons Take Video to Heart

Women in Thoracic Surgery, an international organization of women practicing thoracic surgery, recently viewed an NIH-sponsored videotape — "Women Are Surgeons" — at a meeting of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons in Fort Lauderdale. The video, designed to inspire young girls into careers in surgery, won a Telly award in a national competition that honors outstanding non-broadcast videos for their creativity and overall quality.

The Office of Research on Women's Health and the Office of Science Education developed the video in a partnership to support career development of young women interested in the biomedical sciences. This video is the first in a series; the second will be on pathologists and the third on researchers.

Gloria Seelman (second from l), executive producer of the video "Women Are Surgeons," presents the Telly Award to Dr. Vivian Pinn, director of the Office of Research on Women's Health. Looking on are surgeons Dr. Rosalyn Scott (l) and Dr. Yvette Laclaustra (second from r).

Three exceptional women surgeons are depicted in the video. Dr. Victoria Stevens, an Apache orthopedic surgeon, returned to her hometown of Globe, Ariz., to serve the native population of the reservation. Dr. Yvette Laclaustra is a coolheaded trauma surgeon able to keep her team calm and functioning with lightning speed to save lives. Dr. Rosalyn Scott, a thoracic surgeon who is currently president of Women in Thoracic Surgery, is one of the first African-American women to be board-certified in her field.

More than 500 surgeons attending the meeting received a copy of the video to use as a tool to encourage young people in their communities to consider surgery as a profession. The Association of Women Surgeons has requested 1,300 videos to distribute to their members for similar use. AWS members have also offered to mentor students who are considering a career in surgery.

To order a free copy of "Women Are Surgeons," visit http://Science-Education.nih.gov/women.


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