Last weekend, we joined thousands in Barcelona for four exciting days of new science, relationship-building and future planning at the 2022 ESC Congress. Here are some highlights from our time in Spain:
Huge presence of our Escalator Award winners
Seven previous Escalator Award winners featured across 20 sessions at the Congress. Dr Shrilla Banerjee, Dr Fathima Aaysha Cader, Dr. Róisín Colleran, Dr Blanche Cupido, Dr. Alessia Gimelli, Dr. Jennifer Rymer and Dr. Harriette Van Spall were all on faculty in 2022. It was inspiring to see these stars shine as they continue to make their professional mark.
Planning for the future
We spent time at ESC planning for the future of Women as One. We met with our board of directors, and many organizations and individuals who share our commitment to achieving gender equality in medicine. Six women physicians from across Europe joined us for a focus group to share their professional experiences with us. By learning more about the unique challenges women in Europe face, our future programs will be able to provide support where most needed.
Friday evening saw our networking event, where over 100 physicians from across the globe came together to meet and celebrate. The event was a great success and we loved seeing women from so many countries and career stages, building connections. We’re already looking ahead to our next get together. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media and sign up to our newsletter (at the bottom of this page) for updates!
Recognition of a legend
One of the biggest highlights was when our co-founder, Dr Marie-Claude Morice, received the ESC Gold Medal! The award recognizes lifelong, exceptional scientific achievement. As ESC President Professor Stephan Achenbach said; “Marie-Claude Morice, as you all know, is an absolute pioneer in interventional cardiology.”
Upon receiving her award, Dr Morice said;
“I’m extremely grateful to receive this from the ESC Organization. It’s really unique the largest cardiology meeting of the world and I never missed one. From my first abstract to becoming a fellow. The recognition for me, it’s really immense, I’m extremely grateful.”
Dr Morice also thanked the key people and institutions that have been part of her career including EuroPCR, CERC and Women as One. She also thanked Women as One co-founder Dr Roxana Mehran. Mare-Claude said, “She’s a permanent source of inspiration for me thanks to her vision and energy.” Ending her speech she gave encouragement to young physicians;
“I offer this to the young doctors who are presenting this year at ESC their first abstract. I did it, you can make it too.”
This year’s Congress saw many successes for women on faculty, as panelists abstract presenters and award winners. But there is more work to be done. We will continue to work with our community, our sponsors and our partners to achieve equal opportunity for women in medicine.