Malika Favre’s March New Yorker cover was intended to show the last thing you see before you undergo surgery. But it touched off a social media phenomenon, resonating with women surgeons who so rarely see themselves reflected in depictions of surgery, or even medicine. Hundreds responded by tweeting their own #newyorkercoverchallenge photos, and in its first month the hashtag generated 145 million social media impressions.
While women make up only 9 percent of urologists in the US, 38 percent of the Warren Alpert Medical School’s Division of Urology faculty are women. They got together with current residents to make their own version of the image, shown here.
Clockwise from 12 o’clock, they are: Keara Decotiis, MD RES’18; Kathleen Hwang, MD; Danielle Velez, MD RES’20; Janice Santos, MD; Jennifer Fantasia, MD RES’20; Lauren Bakios, MD RES’19; Katherine Rotker, MD F’17; Simone Thavaseelan, MD RES’10 F’11; Madeline Cancian, MD RES’18; Liza Aguiar ’04 MD’08 RES’13. (Not pictured: Rashmi Licht ’98 MD’02 RES’07.)