From your 2014 AAWR President, Dr. Yoshimi Anzai
Dear AAWR Members,
Many people ask me “how do you do all the things you do and maintain your sanity?” Well, I do my best to remain rational at work, although that is not always the case at home. My family knows that very well. I am fortunate to have a supportive husband and an understanding teenage daughter.
Many women in our community feel similar. We experience pressure to perform at a higher level at work to produce more, and to increase our responsibilities while the demands of home and family weigh heavily on our minds.
With that in mind, I recommend a wonderful book for you to read, What works for Women at Work, by Joan C. William, who is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law. This book offers a multi-generational perspective into the realities of working women. Based on interviews with 127 successful working-women, you may find messages that resonate with you. If you are feeling stressed, this book will certainly energize you and may provide you an “aha” moment.
Here are some highlights from her book:
- Women have to prove it again and again – Simple fact is that the vast majority of executives are men, in medicine or outside of medicine. Men are judged by potentials and women are judged by accomplishments.
- Tightrope between “feminine, likable, but not respected” and “respected, but too masculine, aggressive, and not likable”. Women always have to find a right balance in order not to fall.
- Maternal Wall- Women with children are seen as less competent or less committed. If you are a good mother, you are not good worker, or visa versa.
She also provides valuable advice:
- Negotiate more
- Stop whining
- Say NO Strategically
Regarding negotiation, women are considered notoriously bad at negotiating. Successful women know how to negotiate. We will have a panel discussion on “Basic Skills of Negotiation for Women” at the AAWR-ARRS luncheon during the ARRS annual meeting on Wednesday, May 7, at noon in San Diego. If you plan to attend ARRS, please join us. You may register through the AAWR website, www.aawr.org
I wish all of you the best. We have had unusual harsh weather in some parts of the country and I hope you stay warm and safe.
President of AAWR
2013 AAWR R&E Foundation Mid-Career Award Recipient - Maria Spampinato, MD
I would like to thank the American Association for Women Radiologists for the amazing opportunity to attend the AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar in December 2013. The target audiences of the seminar are women clinicians and scientists holding leadership positions within their departments or academic institutions. The goal of the seminar is to further enhance the skills and knowledge needed during the leadership development journey. Certain traits and personal characteristics are essential for an effective leader, for example, transparency, integrity, authenticity, responsibility, and vision. However, many of the skills necessary for effective leadership can be learned. The seminar gives plenty of opportunity to practice communication skills and leadership tools, such as conflict management, team-building skills, negotiation skills, building and managing relationships in an effective interactive format. There are many styles and paths to effective leadership because we all have our own personality, temperament, core values, and work styles. An effective leader brings to the table a unique blend of strengths and weaknesses but knows how to use this self-awareness to their advantage in team work dynamics. Leaders can achieve this by teaming up with individuals with different qualities and skills and adjusting communication styles to get their point across in team interactions. Another “pearl of leadership wisdom” is that successful leaders apply to management the same intellectual rigor and data-driven approach used in academic endeavors. This can be accomplished by doing your homework and understanding the relevant metric to achieve leadership and institutional goals. As a future leader it is important to thoroughly know your organization, including the institutional values, mission, people, and finances, to be able to create, influence and manage the institutional culture. I also learned that career advancement and academic success for midcareer women in medicine depends not only on skills and achievements but also on sponsorship, visibility and graceful self-promotion. A woman in medicine may be an accomplished academic physician, but doing her job and waiting to be recognized does not lead to academic success and career advancement. Presenting accomplishments with self-confidence and integrity is a necessary leadership skill. In addition to the excellent speakers, team work skills development opportunities, and “idea factories”, the seminar was very inspirational to me because I had the opportunity to meet and work closely with a group of very talented women in academic medicine. All the participants share the same hectic lifestyle, commitment to something bigger than oneself, and constant pursuit of work-life balance. Everyone took time out of their busy schedules for four days to focus on their career development. These women are the proof that it can be done. Every woman I met during the seminar was multitasking; whether it was providing service to the department, school of medicine, and professional societies, building a busy clinical practice, running a successful research lab, being a mentor to junior faculty and trainees, they were able to balance these duties with the responsibilities of having a family and a busy life outside of the hospital. In summary, the seminar is a great opportunity to refine key leadership qualities and has helped me to understand the role of midcareer women in academic medicine. “Leading from the middle” is a great opportunity to function as a system catalyst, to create collaborations and integrated teams, to bring out the genius in others, to promote a conscientious use of resources in order to move the organization toward its goals. Last piece of advice gathered at the AAMC Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar: dress and view management issues two jobs ahead!
AAWR at AMCLC
Monday, April 28, 2014 7:00 am
"Why I do it… join the party and bring a friend”.
Darlene Metter, MD FACR
Professor of Radiology and Family and Community Medicine
Getting involved in organizations like the AAWR and the ACR
AAWR at ARRS 2014
May 7, 2014 - 12:00 - 1:00 pm
"Negotiation: How to get the job you really want"
Julia R. Fielding, MD
REGISTRATION FOR BOTH EVENTS IS OPENING SOON
To be notified, click HERE
Call for Applications
- AAMC Professional Development Seminar for Early-Career Faculty
Submission Deadline: Feburary 15, 2014
More information on the criteria and required application materials can be found here
- Member-in-Training Award for Outstanding ARRS Presentation in Diagnostic Radiology
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2014
More information on the criteria and required application materials can be found here
- ASNR/ACR/AAWR Women in Neuroradiology Leadership Award
Submission Deadline: March 17, 2014
More information on the criteria and required application materials will be posted on the AAWR website as it become available. Check back soon.
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Take a moment to visit the AAWR Bookstore at our website www.aawr.org! The book selection is based on the Radiology Bibliography from the AAWR Survival Guide for Women Radiologists "The AAWR Pocket Mentor" and also includes authors who are AAWR members. Review the listing. If you find a title that is of interest to you, make the selection and you will be directed to the Amazon.com website to complete the purchase. For every book sold though a direct referral from the AAWR website, our association can earn up to 15% in referral fees with no extra cost to you.
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