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  • Professional Development Townhall Series

  • A Joint Initiative Between the AAST, EAST, and the SCCPDS

    The AAST Associate Member Council and EAST Mentoring Program present the professional development town hall webinars in anticipation of the virtual job fair. This series of webinars will offer pearls regarding the preparation of your application, refining your interview skills, as well as learning the right “fit” when it comes to securing your first job. 

    Watch the 2023 Archived Professional Development Townhall Webinars


    Thursday, October 19, 2023 at 4:00 PM CST: “Rocking Your Talk: Planning, Delivering, and Managing Your Best Presentations”

    Presented by Dr. Deborah Stein, Dr. Clay Cothren Burlew, and Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike
    Moderated by Dr. Navpreet Dhillon and Dr. Alex Schwed


    Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 4:00 PM CST: “Principles of Being a Great Leader”
    Presented by Dr. Niels Martin and Dr. Lillian Kao
    Moderated by Dr. Emily Grimsley and Dr. Fariha Sheikh

    Archived Professional Development Townhall Webinars

    You can watch all archived webinars from 2020, 2021, and 2022 on AAST's YouTube Channel! Click below to view our Professional Development Townhall Webinar Playlist.


    Tuesday, August  30th at 4:00 PM CST: An Inside View of Academic Promotion Processes and the Path to Professorship

    Speakers: Jeremy Ward, MD; Bellal Joseph, MD; Todd Costantini, MD

    Moderators: Laura Godat, MD; William Chiu, MD and Michael Ditillo, DO

    Thursday, June 9th, 2022: Dollars & Sense of Finances and Financial Planning as a Junior to Mid-Level Surgeon
    Speakers: Thomas Duncan, DO & Stephanie Bonne, MD
    Moderator: Fariha Sheikh, MD

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