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Healing Others, Empowering Ourselves

The Muriel Steele Society (MSS) was established in honor of Muriel Steele, MD, the first woman surgeon at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) — now Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG). Throughout her career, Dr. Steele experienced significant prejudice and overcame enormous obstacles on the road to becoming a phenomenal surgeon.

MSS is an inclusive community dedicated to inspiring, supporting, and promoting women and other gender minority surgeons so they can thrive at all stages of their careers. We are comprised of committees spanning numerous areas, work together seamlessly to promote wellness of members, provide mentorship across all levels of training from medical student to junior faculty, and to conduct research on issues that hamper progress towards gender parity and greater diversity in surgery.

MSS will also be organizing talks and events to foster a strong community of allies that support and communicate openly with each other to achieve the goal of continuing excellence in UCSF Surgery.

Muriel Steele Society Spotlight Series

MSS Spotlights started from an initiative by the Medical Student Committee (MSC) to serve as an opportunity for medical students to meet, interview and highlight female and gender-minority surgery faculty at UCSF.

Featured Spotlights:

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Parenting in Surgery
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The Muriel Steele Society and the UCSF Department of Surgery are committed to protecting the health and well-being of faculty and learners, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and training the next generation of surgeons. In these efforts, they have developed UCSF’s "Parenting in Surgery" initiative in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Medical Education and UCSF Lactation Accommodation Program. The goals of this initiative are to create a culture of understanding, share best practices across disciplines and institutions,provide support and mentorship to new parents, and develop innovative strategies to advocate for parent surgeons.

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Events and Instagram

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Across each of the MSS committees, numerous events are hosted each year to support the different facets of life as women or gender minority surgeon, including surgical skills sessions, research symposiums, wellness sessions in the park, and inspiring grand rounds events.

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