Think Like a Project Manager to Succeed in Medicine

By Azeen Sadeghian, MD, FAAD
Working within healthcare presents many challenges and as a physician, your role extends beyond an understanding of medicine to encompass a wider scope of personal and business functionalities. 
Being a physician means being a team leader that works with a wide range of individuals on multiple teams. This includes your innermost medical team such as assistants and residents, as well as an extended outer team including administrators, vendors, societies, etc. You are inherently leading, defining, delegating, and setting expectations every day. This is seen at all levels of medicine from residents managing students, attendings managing residents, physicians managing their care teams, physicians being in administrator roles and more. Managing is central to every role a physician takes and its importance must not be overlooked. 
In addition to the type of teams you work with, the scale of projects that physicians manage ranges in size and importance. This can i…

Read and Recommend During Social Distancing

By Jennifer Sorrell, MD

While these two books are at total opposite ends of the spectrum from each other, they are both fantastic reads. What do they share in common? Well, both were complete “stabs in the dark” when I picked them and both hooked me within just a few pages. 

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book that has left such an impression on me. The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the true story of a young man’s surprising survival during one of the world’s most horrifying times in history. This book was both at times hard to put down and hard to read, but it was captivating. 

Lale Sokolov was Slovakian and was 16 years old when he entered Auschwitz. He was imprisoned there for more than 2.5 years and was a master of languages, which likely saved his life on several occasions. After narrowly escaping an early death from typhus, he was given the job of “Tatowierer”. He was responsible for tattooing the identification numbers onto the forearms …

WDS President Spotlight: Dr. Molly Hinshaw

By Shadi Damanpour, MD

Molly Hinshaw, MD is an Associate Professor and Chief of Dermatopathology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and UW Health in Madison, WI where she also completed her undergraduate and medical training. Dr. Hinshaw completed her dermatology residency the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and her dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Science Center.

Dr. Hinshaw is very active in multiple professional organizations and passionate about her volunteer efforts. She is a member of the UW Hospital medical board and past president of the Wisconsin Dermatological Society. In addition to her role in the WDS, she served as a Section Editor for JAMA Dermatology and an Advisory Board Member of the AAD. She has served on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, matching children with adult mentors. Dr. Hinshaw is the author of over thirty peer-reviewed publications. Her clinic…

Tips on Achieving Work-Life Balance from Dr. Wilma F. Bergfeld

Editorial Highlight By Shilpi Khetarpal, MD

As a young physician, wife, new mother and full-time clinician, I constantly feel pulled in various directions. As much as I try to achieve work-life balance, I constantly feel torn between the two. I have always admired women who are highly accomplished in their careers while having a family. One in particular is Dr. Wilma Fowler Bergfeld, the founder and first president of WDS.

I’ve known her for over a decade now and have been fortunate to know her as a colleague, mentor, teacher and friend working alongside her at the Cleveland Clinic. Several of her professional accomplishments include first female president of the AAD, founder of the WPSA, past presidents of the North American Hair Research Society (NAHRS) and American Society of Dermatopathology. She has received honors and the highest awards from virtually every society she’s been involved with. Not only has she been an incredible leader, she has led by example and inspired leaders…

WDS Career Corner: Top 10 Things I Learned from the 2020 WDS Forum

By Shari Lipner, MD, PhD 
The WDS Forum took place January 31-February 2, 2020 in Scottsdale Arizona. The session started with a focus on finding joy in our work and our personal lives with the keynote lecture by Sandra Ellison: “Building Resilience: A Key to Unlocking Physician Health & Happiness.”

Other highlights included women’s health topics, including breast cancer screening, healthy aging, nutrition and supplements, and integrative medicine, an update on the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, a poster session, and a service project. The session concluded with “30 Pearls in 30 minutes,” by WDS Board of Directors and leadership, as well as, an open-mic portion for participants.

There was a wealth of pearls including:
Be thankful for what you have.Volunteer. Options include skin cancer screenings, WDS events, and AAD events.Action is the antidote to anxiety.Saying yes when you need to say no causes burnout.Make a list of things you don’t want to do – errands, chores,…

WDS Young Physician Spotlight: Mara Weinstein Velez, MD, FAAD

Mara Weinstein Velez, MD, FAAD @drmaraweinstein
“Doors open when you least expect them to.”
Focus: Board-Certified Dermatologist, Fellowship Trained Cosmetic and Laser Surgeon
Location: Rochester, New York
Education: Fellowship - SkinCare Physicians; Residency - Cleveland Clinic Foundation; MD - Northeast Ohio Medical University; BA Psychology - Princeton University

Mara Weinstein Velez, MD, FAAD is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and serves as the Director of Cosmetics and Laser Surgery. Dr. Weinstein has been invited to present at national professional meetings, published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored chapters in dermatologic textbooks including Surgery of the Skin, Treatment of Traumatic and Burn Scars and Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology.

How did you become involved in the WDS and what benefits do you think WDS membership provides for residents/young physicians? I’ve been an active member of the WDS for …

Pearls from the 2020 WDS Forum

Editorial from the Women’s Dermatologic Society

This year the WDS Forum’s Sunday session “30 Pearls in 30 Minutes” was overflowing with valuable, fun, inspiring advice from our panelists and enthusiastic audience members who shared tips on how to make our lives more fulfilling and joyful. We learned so much from each other and we wanted to share our ‘pearls’ with you as well. As you can see, we couldn’t stop at 30!

Dr. Wendi WohltmannFertility Awareness: Physicians have a higher infertility risk compared to the general population; seek help early, start trying earlier, and consider freezing your eggs.  Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses (or the Kardashians); “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.” – Oprah WinfreyVolunteering brings joy.Gratitude: Be thankful for what you have. Dr. Deborah McFarlaneFill baked pie crusts for quick, easy meals e.g. quiches, fruit pies. For excisions around the areola consider a crescentic shape for a better cosmetic outcome. During…