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‘Put your own oxygen mask on first’

Takeaways from the leadership conference stress the importance of self-care, emotional intelligence, and remaining optimistic.


“Leadership 101: put your own oxygen mask on first @DarwinConwell #AGAleads #AGAForward @AmerGastroAssn”— Dr Michelle T. Long (@DrMTLong)

The inaugural Leadership Development Conference combined participants from three AGA programs for a weekend of networking, mentorship, and mapping out goals and initiatives.

Attendees included the 2020 class of AGA Future Leaders and mentors, Women’s Leadership Conference participants, and mentors and scholars of the new AGA FORWARD Program, an NIH-funded initiative that supports underrepresented minority physicians and scientists.

“Got to meet one of my tweeps heroes today! She’s even more awesome in real life!! #AGALeads #WomenInMedicine #WomenInGI @drfolamay @AmerGastroAssn” — Dr Aline Charabaty (@DCharabaty)

“Dr. Boland (Lynch syndrome) discussing career success in an ever changing scientific environment #AGALeads #AGAForward” — Eric J. Vargas M.D. (@EricJVargasMD)

“7 AGA Presidents, moderated by Dr. Anandasabapathy on Pathways to Leadership and Overcoming Challenges of the Era Presidential Panel @AmerGastroAssn Leadership conference program @SeragHashem @BCMDeptMedicine @KanwalFasiha @Aketwaroo @richashukla84” — Ruben Hernaez (@ruben_hernaez)

The event coincided with International Women’s Day, giving Women’s Leadership Conference attendees the chance to celebrate their journeys and grow into leadership roles with other #WomenInGI.

“#AGALeads #womenleadershipconference #womeninGI #InternationWomensDay with some amazing ladies in GI!! @AmerGastroAssn @AlisonGoldinMD @ibddocmaria @joanwchen” — ReezwanaCMD (@reezwanc)

“#AGAleads #WomeninGI women negotiating in a group are perceived favorably – Ellen Zimmerman, MD”

— Fazia Mir-Shaffi,MD (@Faiziya) March 9, 2019

“What I learned at @AmerGastroAssn #womeninGI Leadership course (after waiting a bit to see what stuck w me)

1. If you say yes to a request, you’re saying yes to doing it well.

2. Knowing your limitations will serve you better than being great at everything” — Laura Targownik (@UofM_GI_Head)

Aline Charabaty Pishvaian, MD, shared some takeaways in the AGA Community forum ( about challenges women in GI face — a breakout discussion from the Women’s Leadership Conference.

View more insight and takeaways from participants on Twitter using #AGALeads.

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