Florida dermatologist wins big in communicating, networking
"Dr. Mohs had never had a woman dermatologist to train with him. Initially, he wasn't quite sure he cared for me," she says.
The father of Mohs micrographic surgery wouldn't let Dr. Weinkle do so much as cut tape at first. The fact that she was from California made matters worse, she says. Dr. Mohs believed while people in Wisconsin were tough, those in California were wimps.
However, with time, Dr. Mohs saw that Dr. Weinkle was attentive and knowledgeable. She knew the anatomy, understood the procedure and had good training at Stanford University.
"For many years after that, he couldn't have been nicer to me. He was just a wonderful teacher and mentor," she says.
So began a career of firsts and near-firsts for Dr. Weinkle. She would become — after completing 500 Mohs cases as a resident — the only woman member of the American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery who had not done a fellowship.
As WDS president, Dr. Weinkle established a networking reception where members would meet for wine in a comfortable environment. Dr. Weinkle also started a program where members would visit the offices of nearby dermatologists to exchange practice ideas.
The fourth woman in 40 years to serve as ASDS president, Dr. Weinkle says the term ending November 2012 is her chance to encourage more communication and participation.
"My mission for the year is to engage and empower," she says.
One example, according to Dr. Weinkle, is that she'll personally call members to ask for their participation in the organization at all levels.