Practical Points for Advancing Your Professional Career.

Welcome to the EAST Careercasts.  The Careercasts are a series of audio interviews with leaders in the field designed to provide you with practical information regarding career development, leadership and career challenges.

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EAST Careercast logo #WWCCBD - A Conversation with the 2023 EAST Oriens Keynote - Dr. Clay Cothren Burlew - #69
At the 36th EAST Annual Scientific Assembly (January 17-21, 2023) Dr. Clay Cothren Burlew, MD, FACS gave an inspiring Oriens Keynote address- #WWCCBD. Dr. Cothren Burlew shared important experiences that shaped her and the lessons she learned along the way. It left the audience in awe and wanting more. In an interview by Dr. Charlie Harris and Dr. Prerna Ladha, Dr. Burlew talks more about her journey, shares pearls of wisdom, and what it is to leave a legacy.

Click here for more information on the EAST Oriens Award and Keynote Addresses.
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EAST Careercast logo EAST Past President Series - Dr. Elliott Haut - The EAST Journey - #66

In this episode from the EAST Past Presidents series, Dr. Charlie Harris talks to Dr. Elliott Haut, President of EAST in 2019.  Dr. Haut provides his take on how to be successful in EAST, EAST’s role in trauma practice management guidelines, and how to become involved in the editorial process.

Supplemental Materials
Dr. Haut's Presidential Address - Link to PDF and Video
President's Message - EAST News Issue 02 2019

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EAST Careercast logo EAST Past President Series - Dr. Bruce Crookes - Finding Opportunity within Unexpected Changes - #65

The EAST Past President Careercast Series - Dr. Bruce Crookes, EAST President in 2017.  Dr. Crookes shares his thoughts on career development, finding opportunity within unexpected changes, and evolving your skill set over time.

For more on Dr. Crookes’ current role in Surgical Quality, check out his Presidential Address.

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EAST Careercast logo EAST Past President Profiles: Dr. Andrew Bernard - EAST President 2018 - Careercast #59
In this EAST Careercast, Dr. Charlie Harris profiles EAST Past-President Dr. Andrew Bernard.  Dr. Bernard discusses his background, why he joined EAST, and gives advice to new members on how to succeed in the organization.
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EAST Careercast logo The Burn Surgeon - #52

In this EAST Careercast sponsored by  the EAST’ Burn Surgery Ad Hoc Task Force, Dr. Callie Thompson interviews Dr. Amalia Cochran on her career and experiences as a Burn Surgeon. Dr. Cochran gives insight on avenues to a career in burn surgery, tips for medical students and residents interested in the field, and discusses the importance of mentorship in early career development. Drs. Cochran and Thompson also discuss how burn and trauma surgeons can collaborate and what the future of burn surgery might look like.  

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EAST Careercast logo Exploring the Gender and Diversity Gap in Trauma Surgery - #48

In this Careercast, Dr. Salina Wydo interviews Dr. Paula Ferrada on exploring the gender and diversity gap in trauma surgery.  Dr. Ferrada shares her personal experiences, as well as insights and practical advice on improving inclusivity in our community, and encourages individual surgeons to succeed by “[doing] what you want not to spite them, but in spite of them.”

For more information on the topic, please visit the joint AWS/EAST Careercast #45 on the Importance of Mentoring 

Other additional reading:
Abelson JS, Chartrand G, Moo T, et al. The climb to break the glass ceiling in surgery: trends in women progressing from medical school to surgical training and academic leadership from 1994 to 2015. Am J Surg. 2016;212:566-572.

Valsangkar N, Fecher AM, Rozycki G, et al. Understanding the barriers to hiring and promoting women in surgical subspecialties. JACS. 2016;223(2):387-398.

Cochran A, Hauschild T, Elder W, et al. Perceived gender-based barriers to careers in academic surgery. Am J Surg. 2013;206:263-268.

Sexton KW, Hocking KM, Wise et al. Women in academic surgery: the pipeline is busted. Journal of Surgical Education. 2012;69(1):84-90.

Yu PT, Parsa PV, Hassanien O, et al. Minorities struggle to advance in academic medicine: a 12-y review of diversity at the highest levels of America’s teaching institutions. Journal of Surgical Research. 2013;182:212-218

Abelson JS, Symer MM, Yeo HL, et al. Surgical time out: our counts are still short on racial diversity in academic surgery. Am J Surgery. 2018;215:542-548.

ACGME Residents and Fellows by Sex and Specialty, 2015

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EAST Careercast logo EAST/AWS Joint Careercast - The Importance of Mentoring - #45

The Association for Women Surgeons (AWS) and Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST) have teamed up in this podcast to discuss the importance of the EAST Mentoring Program and to discuss the importance of women mentoring other women in surgery.  We are joined by Dr. Marie Crandall and Dr. Cassandra White, whose mentoring relationship began in the EAST program in 2017.  

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EAST Careercast logo The Acute Care Surgeon - Updated - An Interview with Dr. L.D. Britt - Careercast #44

This EAST Careercast brings back Dr. L.D. Britt for a discussion about "Acute Care Surgery." In a follow-up to one of the first Careercasts (Careercast #3) recorded in 2014, Dr. Leichtle interviews Dr. Britt about the current state of our specialty, its most important challenges, and future directions. Among many other things, listeners will learn why the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery should consider a name change, how surgical rescue might become a new pillar of Acute Care Surgery, and what the future holds for training and board certification.

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EAST Careercast logo The Mentor-Mentee Relationship—An Interview with Dr. Wayne Meredith - Careercast #36

Many surgeons recognize the need for mentoring, especially early in their career.  As they gain experience, they often find themselves transitioning into the role of mentor.  But what exactly does a mentor do?  What is the mentees role?  How does this relationship develop and progress?  In this Careercast, Dr. Brad Dennis talks with EAST Past President Dr. Wayne Meredith of Wake Forest University.  Dr. Meredith shares how to identify a mentor and develop the mentor-mentee relationship.  Additionally, he discusses the responsibilities of each person in the relationship as well as advice for being a good mentor and mentee.

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EAST Careercast logo The EAST Mentor and Mentee Experience - An Interview with Dr. Matthew Lissauer - Careercast #34

In this careercast, Dr. Stephanie Bonne from Rutgers University in Newark interviews Dr. Matthew Lissauer from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University about his experience in the EAST Mentoring Program. They discuss both the mentor and the mentee experience in this program, and review some of the key components of good mentoring relationships. This careercast also discusses the way in which you can become involved in the EAST mentoring program and what you can expect to achieve as a participant.

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EAST Careercast logo Incorporating Advanced Care Practitioners into Trauma Practice - Careercast #25

Due to resident work hours restrictions and physician staffing shortages, Advanced Care Practitioners have become increasingly common in trauma care over the last decade.  Dr. Brad Dennis talks with Dr. Britt Christmas and Marialice Gulledge, ACNP, both from Carolinas Medical Center, about incorporating ACPs into current trauma care models.

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EAST Careercast logo Faculty Tracks - Careercast #24

Clinical, education, and research "faculty tracks" relate to the Governing of Appointments, Promotions, and Professional Activities within Universities.  In this Podcast, Dr. Gregory Peck invites Dr. PJ Schenarts, Vice Chair of Academic Affairs at University  of Nebraska, to help understand "faculty tracks" and their importance for fellows embarking on careers in acute care surgery. 

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EAST Careercast logo Leadership Missions Other Than Chief of Acute Care Surgery - Careercast #23

Vicente H. Gracias, MD, FACS, Vice Chancellor at Rutgers, is interviewed by Gregory Peck, DO, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director of Performance Improvement at Rutgers. In this interview Dr. Gracias discusses roles in leadership other than Acute Care Surgery Chief for application of classic pillars (EGS/trauma/SCC) within health systems and the populations they serve. 

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EAST Careercast logo Succession Planning - An Interview with Dr. C. William Schwab - Careercast #11

Interviewed by Dr. David Skarupa, Dr. C. William Schwab discusses the importance of succession planning.

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EAST Careercast logo Becoming Active on the National Stage - An Interview with Dr. Michael Rotondo - Careercast #10

Interviewed by Dr. Stephanie Montgomery, Dr. Michael Rotondo discusses becoming active on the national stage.

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EAST Careercast logo Maintaining a Thriving Division - An Interview with Dr. Michael Pasquale - Careercast #4

Interviewed by Dr. Jamie Coleman, Dr. Michael Pasquale discusses how to maintain a thriving division.

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EAST Careercast logo The Acute Care Surgeon - An Interview with Dr. L.D. Britt - Careercast #3

Interviewed by Dr. Jamie Coleman, Dr. L.D. Britt discusses being an Acute Care Surgeon.

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