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ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Carrie Y. Peterson, MD, MS

ASCRS Young Surgeon Spotlight: Carrie Y. Peterson, MD, MS | ASCRS

Carrie Y. Peterson, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Surgery
Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Why I am a member of ASCRS:

I believe that the Society is invested in the future and does so by working to grow the practices and careers of their young surgeon members, and I’ve found this to be true during my time as a candidate member and now as a fellow of the Society. I’ve made significant friends and mentors and participated in many educational programs through ASCRS that have helped me in innumerable ways. Furthermore, the Annual Meeting provides a time to reconnect with other colorectal surgeons, discuss new ideas and changes in our field, promote our trainees, and grow professionally. I wouldn’t be where I am in my career without ASCRS.

What advice do you have for future colorectal surgeons?

I think our specialty is really amazing with so much variety and opportunities – there is something for everyone. I’ve found practicing as a colorectal surgeon to be immensely fulfilling. Surgical training is tough, and only a year to learn colorectal surgery goes by incredibly fast, but the learning doesn’t stop there; it really is life-long, so finding good mentors and supportive friends is key, where ever you are. Keep focused on your goals and don’t forget to enjoy the ride!