Connecticut Children’s Draws Attention to Female Surgeons Through #MomSurgeons Social Media/Digital Campaign

For Immediate Release: December 11, 2017
Media Contact:

Monica Buchanan, Director, Corporate Communications
(352) 219-0860; mbuchanan@connecticutchildrens.org

Hartford, CT – More women are becoming surgeons and teaching surgery, but there’s still a significant gender gap in the field.  Despite the gap, women are making impressive strides in this field. In fact, a recent Time Magazine article states that the patients of female surgeons tend to have lower morbidities, fewer complications and lower readmissions to the hospital a month after their procedure, compared to the patients of male surgeons.

At Connecticut Children’s, nine of our surgeons are women.  Our surgeon-in-chief is female.  Our team takes great pride in the fact they are leaders in this field, but you’ll find they are even more proud that they are moms at home first. It is the foundation for Connecticut Children’s newest social media campaign called #momsurgeons.  Beginning December 9th, each of our nine #momsurgeons will be profiled on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), website and billboards in the greater Hartford area for the week.

“We wanted to bring attention to the fact that we are moms too. We truly understand what our patient families are experiencing when their child is heading into surgery,” said Christine Finck, Surgeon-In-Chief at Connecticut Children’s. “We also understand the daily struggles many moms face trying to find that work-life balance.  It’s hard.  We get it.”

“Every time I operate, I stop and think about how I would want the operation to go if it my own child was in front of me,” said Meghna Misra, pediatric surgeon at Connecticut Children’s.

Patients and families can learn more about our #momsurgeons through a series of Q&As that explores why they believe being a mom makes them even better surgeons.  By drawing attention to this profession, our #momsurgeons hope they can serve as role models for aspiring young ladies who also hope to one day enter the field.

About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. With a medical staff of more than 1,000, Connecticut Children’s provides comprehensive, world-class health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a not-for-profit organization, which serves as the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs.

 

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