Dear Members of Women in Thyroidology,
Welcome to the 17th year of Women in Thyroidology!
The current state of Women in Thyroidology is strong. Among the 1788 ATA members, 728 of them are women. Women in ATA leadership positions include: President (Pearce), President-Elect (Zeiger), Treasurer (Sosa), Secretary/COO-Elect (Jonklaas), Board Directors (Carty, Schweppe, Haymart, and Leung), and Chairs or Co-Chairs on various ATA committees.
Women in Thyroidology had a wonderful annual meeting in Washington, DC. We had a designated room for Women in Thyroidology Networking Reception which was nested within ATA Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening. The Women in Thyroidology Program and Business meeting held early Thursday morning was well attended with a bountiful breakfast supported by the ATA. Our past president, Dr. Whitney Goldner, gave a concise update on the current state of Women in Thyroidology, and chaired a program and panel discussion entitled "Making Critical Work and Life Transitions", which stimulated a lot of enthusiastic discussion and provided helpful resources and suggestions. The panel members were Dr. Elizabeth Pearce, Dr. Aime Franco, and Dr. Spyridoula Maraka. A big "Thank You" to the ATA leadership, and Bobbi, Carrie, Sharleene, to make this possible.
We would like to congratulate Dr. Elizabeth Pearce, the 7th recipient of the Woman of the Year. She is Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She has been an ATA member since the year 2000 and has made significant contributions to fulfill ATA mission in many ways. She was the 2011 recipient of ATA Van Meter Award and is currently the ATA President.
For the coming year, we will continue our mission to (1) recruit and retain more women ATA members, (2) increase women's visibility within the ATA by nominating women for awards and leadership positions, (3) better address women's thyroid health topics, and (4) engage women in technology to promote professional and personal interaction. Specific focus will be on creating networking platforms to share experiences, information, and resources that are pertinent for women to succeed in their career advancement and personal goals.
Furthermore, we would like to continue to encourage our colleagues to nominate women for ATA leadership positions and awards. The Call for Nominations for ATA Awards and Board of Directors is now open through March 31, 2019.
Sissy M Jhiang, PhD
ATA Women in Thyroidology, President
Women in Thyroidology (WIT) elects a Woman of the Year who is announced during the Women in Thyroidology yearly gathering held at the Annual Meeting of the ATA.
The Woman of the Year is selected based on her long-standing commitment to the ATA and to the advancement of women both within the organization and in the thyroid field. The nominees need not have been recognized for their academic or clinical contributions.
We are pleased to have recognized the following women for their outstanding commitment to mentoring and advancing Women in Thyroidology:
2012 – Carole A. Spencer, PhD
2013 – Virginia D. Sarapura, MD
2014 – Rebecca S. Bahn, MD
2015 – Stephanie L. Lee, MD, PhD
2016 – M. Carol Greenlee, MD
2017 – Julie Ann Sosa, MD
2018 – Elizabeth Pearce, MD
The Woman in Thyroidology Task Force will meet during the 89th Annual Meeting of the American Thyroid Association in Chicago, IL. (Dates and times are subject to change)