Reinventing Yourself Virtually: Fifth Annual Society of Asian Academic Surgeons Virtual Conference

Tharun Somasundar, Justin B. Dimick, Sandra L. Wong, Ankush Gosain, Feibi Zheng, W. P.Andrew Lee, Linwah Yip, Tejal S. Brahmbhatt

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Virtual forms of communication have been integrated into academic surgery now more than ever. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated its implementation in an effort to support social-distancing. Academic surgery is now learning valuable lessons from early experiences to optimally integrate this communication mode. The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons convened an expert panel during the society's fifth annual meeting that explores these lessons. Realms of virtual communication including meetings, networking, surgery department administration, social media, application processes, and advice for early or mid-career academic surgeons are explored. Virtual conferences pose a new challenge by removing the in-person component that is evident to be integral to networking, collaboration, and all aspects of academic socialization. Strategies such as creating virtual chat rooms, mentor-mentee virtual introductions, and deliberate interactions can enhance the experience. Virtual administrative meetings require special attention to preparation and strategies to insure engagement. Social media can be a valuable tool to integrate into academic careers but special attention needs to be made to utilize it deliberately and not to shy away from our individuality. The interview process can be enhanced when made virtual to give opportunities to those typically disadvantaged in the usual, in-person process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-618
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Surgical Research
StatePublished - Nov 2021


  • Academic Surgery
  • Social media
  • Society of Asian Academic Surgeons
  • Virtual conference
  • Virtual meeting
  • Virtual networking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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