New England Surgical Society
New England Surgical Society

Summer 2021 Newsletter

Summer 2021 Newsletter
» President's Message
» Newsletter Editor's Corner
» Secretary's Message
» Recorder's Message
» Program Chair's Message
» State Representative Updates
» GME & Candidate Membership Chair's Message
» Notice of 2021 Annual Meeting
» New Member Committee Chair's Message
» New Members Elected in 2021
» Task Force on Diversity & Inclusivity
» Dues Renewal
» Committee and Representative Listing
» NESS Job Board

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President's Message

Anne C. Larkin, MD
Anne C. Larkin, MD

Dear Colleagues,

Spring and into summer a time of renewal and rejuvenation. I also try to use this time of year to take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of the previous academic year and areas for focus in the coming one. This summer, I have been focusing on mentorship.

All of us have had mentors over our years as a surgeon, be they many or few. In retrospect, my first mentor was my high school voice teacher, Ms. Gale. I relished the drive to University City from my home in Florissant, MO on Thursday afternoons. Sometimes with my mother, sometimes by myself, I would spend those 40 minutes in mental preparation for what was to come. Yes, she was an outstanding teacher, but she also provided the support and foundation that every high school girl needs to know that they can, indeed, follow their dreams.

But sometimes dreams change. And while there were many other mentors along the way in the midst of those changing dreams, the one who had the most impact on me was Paul LoGerfo, whom many of us here in NESS continue to remember fondly. An endocrine surgeon like no other, he spent his career helping young surgeons be the best that we could be. Dr. LoGerfo held his residents to high standards. He was an ear for us and a rock on which we could lean. He taught me that there was a way to begin to integrate my surgical life into all of the rest of the richness that life was. In considering the essence of what I and others were privileged to learn from him, it was to be a great surgeon, and also to be a great soul. He epitomized both, and he did so with a constant smile. "But remember," he would tell us, "perfection is the enemy of good."

This academic year, I have been asked to mentor three under-represented students here at UMass. I am immensely honored, and I can only hope that I have an ounce of the mentorship skill that the compilation of my experiences as a mentee have supplied. I hope that I can give these young students what they need to excel in their careers as physicians, and I know that I will learn enormous amounts from each of them.

I continue to be grateful to the New England Surgical Society for all of the formal and informal mentorship I have received from our members. I continue to learn from each of you, and I look forward to seeing you at Foxwoods in a few short weeks, reconnecting and rejuvenating once again!

Anne C. Larkin, MD

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