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YWIB-San Francisco Bay Area: A Suturing Workshop for Future Women in Medicine, March 7, 2024

On March 7, 2024, Young Women In Bio (YWIB) San Francisco Bay Area organized a hands-on workshop designed for young women interested in exploring the world of medicine and healthcare. Approximately 15 attendees, predominantly high school students with a few middle schoolers and undergraduates, gathered for an engaging evening to delve into the art of suturing.

The event was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Pliant Therapeutics, which provided suturing kits, venue hosting, and delicious pizza! Lily Cheung from Pliant offered welcoming remarks, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to support such an impactful event. Dalia Rayes and Leanne Chan, the chapter co-chairs, warmly welcomed the participants and introduced the event's purpose. Two distinguished instructors led the workshop: Dr. Barbara Troupin, a board-certified MD with extensive experience in the biotech industry, and Sandy Lopez, a Senior Research Associate at Pliant Therapeutics. Dr. Troupin, with her expertise in clinical, medical, regulatory, and operational roles, has been actively involved with Women In Bio since 2008, serving as a mentor and leader.

The workshop commenced with Dr. Troupin guiding the participants through the art of suturing, covering topics such as skin, wounds, and suturing techniques. Each student followed along with their own suturing kit as they learned. Attendees had the opportunity to practice their skills under both instructors' expert supervision. The event concluded with a networking session, allowing participants to connect with peers and industry professionals.

Overall, the workshop provided a valuable platform for young women to explore healthcare careers, gain practical skills, and build connections within the industry. Events like these play a crucial role in empowering the next generation of Women In Bio and healthcare. YWIB is dedicated to providing educational opportunities and experiences to aspiring young women in the life sciences. The organization, with 14 chapters nationwide, is part of the larger Women In Bio initiative, established in 2002 to support women's careers, leadership, and entrepreneurship in the life sciences.

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