CANCELLED: WISC 2.0 – WISConsin Women In Surgery Conference

Lake Geneva, WI US
May 15, 2020 to May 16, 2020

About the Conference

The goal of this educational activity is to facilitate personal and professional growth by empowering attendees with actionable strategies and inspirational conversation with other women in surgery. This is an opportunity for women surgeons to connect and grow together over an impactful two days related to a variety of featured topics.

Practice Gaps and Needs

Women physicians and surgeons report higher levels of burnout, lower levels of professional fulfillment, and are less likely to be in leadership positions than male physicians. This course will use validated measures to help participants learn about their own biases, characteristics, and individual leadership strengths and weaknesses.


Key details:

  • For women surgeons and surgical staff across the country
  • Held in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconisn
  • Residents welcome!

Agenda Topics include:

  • Preventing and managing burnout
  • Finding your vision
  • Responding to microaggressions
  • Career advice
  • And more!

Intended Audience

This activity is designed to educate female surgeons and advocates of female surgeons about research based advances in wellness and professional development in medical settings.

Elements of Comptence

This CE activity has been designed to improve learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties' areas of interpersonal and communication skills, and professionalism.

Jointly Provided by

Unversity of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
   Department of Surgery
University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP)

The Medical College of Wisconsin
   Department of Surgery

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the activity, the healthcare team will be able to:

  • Identify at least three (3) risk factors for their own for burnout and develop a plan to address each factor.

  • Describe two (2) skills for responding to microaggressions and denote which one they will incorporate into their practice.

  • State the importance of accountability in establishing wellness and leadership goals.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 10.25 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours
Registration opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/15/2020 - 7:30am CDT
Event ends: 
05/16/2020 - 12:00pm CDT

Friday, May 15, 2020


Being a Surgeon...From Burnout to Brilliance


"I Was Burned Out" (Story Telling)


Caring for Yourself:  Mind and Body


12:45Caring for Yourself: Managing Your Day
1:00Caring for Your Body: Ergonomics 102


Panel Discussion




Keynote: Your Thoughts Belong: Understanding Thought Distortions


Session: Defining Your Values, Goals, and Vision




Panel:  How I Found My Vision




Cocktail Reception and Heavy Hors d'oeuvres



Saturday, May 16, 2020


Yoga, Group Run, Group Exercise



Being a Woman in Surgery...Microaggressions and Beyond


Microaggressions: Define and Diffuse


Macroaggressions: Dealing with Overt Harassment


Activity/Exercise - Practice Responding to Microaggressions


Panel Discussion - Discuss Example Cases


Keynote: Resilience: Lifting Yourself and Others Up
Anjali Bhagra, MD





Breakout Sessions: Transitions...During Your Career                               

Breakout Sessions: Transitions...Into Practice


Pros and Cons of a Personal Coach                                                           Your First Job: Finding and Negotiating


Shifting Priorities: Important for You vs. Others                                        Thriving in Your First Job: Schools, Clothes, Mentors, and More


Negotiating: Second Contract and Resources                                             Financial Planning


Q&A for Audience


12:00-1:00Lunch with Table Topics

Being a Woman and Surgeon...Lessons from the Top


Imposter or Not: Confidene from Within


Leading and Communicating with Your Team


Dealing with Your Own Complications


Panel: Secrets of Success


Closing Remarks


Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
United States
+1 (262) 248-8811

Conference Housing

A block of sleeping rooms has been reserved at Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. This hotel is located in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Set 3 miles outside of downtown Lake Geneva, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa is the grand resort of the Midwest. Offering guests that home-away-from-home feeling, Grand Geneva is the ideal vacation destination with a plethora of activities fitting for any of the Wisconsin seasons.

Please call 262-248-8811 to book your reservation by Wednesday, April 15, 2020, to take advantage of our special rates (sales and /or occupancy tax not included).

Timber Lodge
Run of the House Double Double/One Bedroom Suites $95 per night

Grand Geneva
Run of the House/ King $120 per night
King Suite $170 per night
Jr Suite $195 per night
Premier Suite $220 per night

Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
7036 Grand Geneva Way
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, 53147


Conference Attire

Casual attire is appropriate for this conference. Since meeting room temperatures and personal comfort levels vary, it is recommended that you bring a sweater or jacket to the educational activity.


From Chicago:  Continue to I-290W.  Follow I-94 to IL-173W/Rosecrans Rd in Newport Township.  Take exit 2 from I-94 W.  Get on US-12 W in Walworth County.  Follow US-12 W to WI-50  E in Lake Geneva.  Take exit 330A-330B from US-12W. Drive to Grand Geneva Way in Lyons.

From Madison: Take US-12 E/US-18E and I-39 S/I-90E to County Hwy N in Milton. Turn left onto County Hwy N. Follow US-12 E to Hwy 50 E/WI-50 E in Lake Geneva. Take exit 330B from US-12 E. Drive to Grand Geneva Way in Lyons.

From Milwaukee: Take I-43 S and US-12 E to Hwy 50 E/WI-50 E in Lake Geneva. Take exit 330B from US-12 E.  Drive to Grand Geneva Way in Lyons.


Susan Pitt, MD, MPHS; Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Callisia Clarke, MD; Assistant Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin


Anjali Bhagra, MD; Chair of Diversity & Inclusion, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Melinda Wilke, CFP; Wealth Management Advisor, Wilke Wealth & Investment Planning, Hales Corners, WI


*Terese Bailey, BS; Accreditation Specialist, Office of Continuing Professional Development, University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP

*Amy Fiedler, MD; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

*Katy Gast, MD, MS; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Dental and Plastic Surgery

*Caprice Greenberg, MD, MPH, FACS; Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology

*Krystle Lange, DO; Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Acute Care and Regional General Surgery

*Amber Shada, MD, FACS; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Julie Sherry, PT, DPT, MS; Physical Therapist, Department of Rehabilitation and Orthopedics, UW Hospital and Clinics

*Rebecca Sippel, MD, FACS; Professor of Surgery, Division of Endocrine Surgery

*Andrea Spiker, MD; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Orthopedic Surgery

Trista Stankowski-Drengler, MD; Postdoctoral Trainee of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology

*Jessica Van Beek-King, MD; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

*Veronica Watson, MSOD; Course Planner, Department of Surgery

*Sharon Weber, MD; Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology

*Planning Committee Member



It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership, that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CE activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest.  Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s).

Detailed disclosures will be available prior to the start of the conference.

Name of IndividualIndividual's Role in Activity

Name of Commerical Interest &

Nature of Relationship

Discussion of Unlabeled/Unapprove

uses of drugs/devices in presentation?

Terese Bailey, BSPlannerNo Relevant Financial Relationships to DiscloseNo
Calissia Clarke, MDCourse Co-director  
Susan Pitt, MD, MPHSCourse Co-director No
Veronica Watson, MSODPlannerNo Relevant Financial Relationships to DiscloseNo

The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.

Discloser List CME Internal Report

Accreditation Statement

Jointly Accredited Provider Logo

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) and the Medical College of Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin–ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this live activity for a maximum of 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The University of Wisconsin–Madison, as a member of the University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for 1.025 continuing education units (CEUs) or 10.25 hours.


Available Credit

  • 10.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 10.25 University of Wisconsin–Madison Continuing Education Hours

Please login or register to take this course.

Conference fees are $250 for MD/DO, $150 for other medical professionals, and $50 for residents.

This fee includes the cost of tuition, continental breakfasts, breaks, lunch on Saturday, and a nonrefundable processing fee of $50. If you cancel your registration up to 96 hours prior to the conference, you will be refunded the entire conference fee except for the $50 nonrefundable portion of the fee. No refunds will be made after that time.

Syllabus & Conference Materials

Conference materials will be available to registered participants 48 hours prior to the event at this conference site.


Requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to  Cancellation requests received at least 96 hours prior to the conference will allow a full refund except for the $50 nonrefundable processing fee. No refunds will be made for cancellations received less than 96 hours prior to the activity start date.


Emergency situations occasionally occur and may necessitate topic or speaker changes. The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP reserve the right to alter or substitute a topic or speaker without prior notification.


For conference information or details regarding exhibit booths, please contact Veronica Watson at 608-263-7697 or