May 5-7, 2023
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An elite professional development conference designed to empower women in medicine to reach their professional pinnacle through strategic guidance, inspiring community, and leadership development.See More
a message from pinnacle's physician founders
We are so grateful you are interested in supporting our mission to empower women in healthcare on their pursuit to achieve the pinnacle of their leadership, negotiation and life-balancing skills. This amazing community came to be as a discussion-turned-passion project between the four of us. So many lives have changed through this mission and we truly feel the sky is the limit!
Annual Meeting May 6-8 Dallas, Texas
Pinnacle Conference: Women in Medicine
"I learned many tools and started to gain the confidence I needed to make positive changes for myself. It has improved how I interact with colleagues, administrators, my family and myself. I plan to attend many more Pinnacle conferences."
Arlene Baldillo D.O.
"I was surprised that I was the only medical student present because the amazing leadership skills are something you need before you start residency and negotiation skills are something that are needed before you graduate residency and start your big girl job."
"n the 21 years that have been in practice, Pinnacle 2019 was an epiphany for me.To attend a professional multi speciality meeting with women at all stages of their career was a true eye opener."
Hafiza Khan, MD, FACC, FHRS
"We talked about all things that go into to being a successful physician like finances, contract negotiations, using social media, and protecting your IP…all these things we are not taught during any part of our training."
Lauren Powell MD
"The speakers were dynamic & interesting and their stories compelling & heartfelt. I learned so many valuable lessons from these wonderful women. I was inspired by their resilience, creativity and courage."
Lisa Wong MD
"This is a group of driven, brilliant women who are committed to enhancing and improving the experience for others. Empowering and rather remarkable!"
Lynette Scherer MD FACS
Pinnacle is a community of supportive women with ambitious goals and the desire for work/life integration. I left Pinnacle with friends that felt like family, increased passion for my career, and with a notebook full of actionable tips on how to make my dreams a reality.
Michelle Rockwell MD
Bonnie Simpson Mason
As a retired orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Mason is the wearer of many hats, including that of nationally recognized speaker, master mentor, physician advocate, coach, educator, entrepreneur, wife and mom. In 2004, Dr. Bonnie Mason founded Nth Dimensions, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to increase gender, racial and ethnic diversity in the field of orthopaedic surgery. Since then, Nth Dimensions has created a longitudinal Physician Pipeline Initiatives Curriculum to develop the next generation of diverse leaders, scholars and physicians. With a mission to increase the number of women and underrepresented minorities in specialty fields of medicine, Nth Dimensions, a physician founded, non-profit organization, educates medical students about specialty choices such as Orthopaedics, Radiology and Physical Therapy through early exposure, immersion and ongoing mentoring. Since its inception in 2004, Nth Dimensions has exposed more than 5000 medical students from 80 US medical schools to the field of orthopaedic surgery in association with more than 100 volunteer surgeons, powered by de novo corporate relationships and industry support from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American College of Radiology, the American Academy of Dermatology and Zimmer Biomet. Surgery. With an 83% average annual match rate of Nth Dimensions Scholars in orthopaedic surgery residency programs, 30% are women and 90% are underrepresented minorities. In 2019, 19 out of 21 Nth OSI scholars matched in orthopaedics, a 90% match rate, which supersedes the 76% national match rate in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Mason’s experience as a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and physician administrator of a private practice led her to develop, in partnership with fellow physicians, a comprehensive business of medicine and financial curriculum for young physicians, Beyond the Exam Room (BTER). Through BeyondtheExamRoom.co®, Dr. Mason delivers this live curriculum to future and practicing physicians nationwide with the support of experienced physician and expert faculty. The BTER curriculum has since been converted to online master courses and individual coaching opportunities, which resulted in BTER physicians negotiating more than $5 million dollars in additional revenue and compensation. Dr. Mason holds faculty appointments in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas, Medical Branch in Galveston and as an adjunct Associate Professor of Graduate Medical Education at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She has published book chapters, numerous peer-reviewed articles, and facilitates hundreds of presentations and publications for her students annually. Dr. Mason’s professional endeavors include national committee and board positions within the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS). Most recently, Dr. Mason was nationally recognized by the AAOS with the prestigious Diversity Award in 2015. Forced into early retirement from medicine due to a diagnosis of RA at 29 years of age. Thereby her favorite quote by Leonardo da Vinci is, “Obstacles cannot crush me. He who is fixed on a star does not change his mind.” Her mission is to: ~ lead by example on how to navigate change, especially unexpected change ~ fill voids with tangible and practical innovations in education and action ~ motivate others to do things differently, as a master of adaptability For her work, Dr. Mason has been featured in Black Enterprise, Becker’s Spine, Entrepreneurs Podcast Network, BlackDoctor.org, Docs Outside the Box and The Network Journal and was also featured on ABC-TV Chicago. In addition, she has received numerous awards and recognition, from the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society’s Mentoring Award and a Nominated Change-Maker, White House Women of Change both in 2017 to being asked to serve on the ACGME’s first Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in 2018. For the past 18 years, Dr. Mason has spent more than10,000 hours annually coaching and mentoring physicians at every level, which inevitably cuts into time with her hubby, Dr. Thomas Mason, Chief Medical Officer of the Office of the National Coordinator, and her two sons, who are future leaders are affectionately known as the “Bear Cubs.” She is thankful for the ongoing support, patience and mission alignment from them, as well as her entire family, her irreplaceable network of friends and her divine work family at Nth Dimensions and Beyond the Exam Room.
Dr Pamela Mehta
The most anticlimactic point in my educational career was the day I started my first job after residency. I remember walking into my first job on the first day so incredibly excited - finally I had arrived. All the late night study sessions and countless hours in the hospital were to be rewarded by autonomy and a chance to finally showcase a skill I had been essentially training for since high school. Just as the entrance into the clinic on that first day was so memorable- so was my exit that same day. I distinctly remember the drive home on the 405 north to my beach front studio apartment thinking- this is it? This is what I gave up the last 9 years of my life for? I should have been so happy- a coveted position,a respectable salary, a trendy living space to rent, new luxury car lease- I was so privileged for these opportunities. I felt so letdown. Those first few months felt a bit low & lonely. While training to be a physician- it feels as if you are running a marathon. The adrenaline filled achievement as you cross the finish line with crowds cheering is unexplainable. Finishing residency and/or fellowship feels similar but in the months following reality sets in. You’ve missed a lot of life events and years have passed but you don’t get to rest and relax and bask in your finish- you have to continue grinding and learning and with completion comes more responsibility & liability. Build a life you love now. While you are in medical school. While you are in training. When you are trying to impress at your first job. While you are transitioning between jobs. While you are upleveling at your current job. Make medicine part of you- not all of you. Find other parts of you that ignite joy & passion. Of course some of life is put on hold, but make some choices for your soul.Read More >