A Bouquet for SICOT Women


   Ece Nur Çınar (United Kingdom)
   SICOT Associate Member
   SICOT WiO blog video maker


As a junior doctor who aspires to be an orthopaedic surgeon, being part of SICOT has always been a dream. As a SICOT member, I received an email saying that the website committee was looking for a video maker for their team. I had a huge inner debate before I applied for this position. Because I was still too junior with very little orthopaedics experience, I wasn’t sure how I would be perceived. But then, I asked myself, why not give it a shot? I checked previous SICOT videos, and I had a bit of experience in poster making. So as the next step, I worked on copying the previous videos. On my application, my message was, ‘Yes, I have little experience in this, but I can do what you already have and am hungry to do more. I still remember how excited I was when I saw Mustafa Alnaib’s (SICOT Website Committee Chair) email saying he would interview me. After the interview, I got the position, and I was asked to start working with the amazing Temiloluwa Olufemi from Nigeria who is the lead of the Women in Orthopaedics Platform.

The Beginning of the Challenge 

The platform was new, and we had to promote it. I had to make videos on serious subjects but make them elegant and engaging to keep our attention. I started learning Doodly and Final cut Pro, which I hadn’t used before. I started experimenting by watching free YouTube tutorials and educating myself in videomaking. I used Garageband and even composed my background music for one of our videos. All these first-time experiences were huge steps for me initially, but as I continued completing each video, the result of that creation process was just priceless. That satisfaction of creating something from scratch which was unique has been my reward.

Creation of the logo

Like all brands, our platform needed a logo as well. Personally, I like the SICOT PIONEER logo, but I was meticulous not to copy it. Instead, I wanted it to have women in its core with the elements of SICOT.

The moon symbolises femininity as it reflects the rhythm of time and embodies the cycle.

The wheat is a well-known representation of reproductivity and resurrection. In the year 2021, it is unbelievable that we still have to think, talk, or even defend women in surgical branches. Orthopaedics is also famous for being one of the surgical branches with very few female trainee numbers. So, this could represent resurrection and the end of an era without many women in orthopaedic surgery.

I had the universal medicine logo between the moons on the initial logo, but then during feedback, the team thought less is more and removed it.

I placed the wheat on the sides and placed the bones with flowers at the bottom to give it a shape of a bouquet representing my gift to the women in orthopaedics - a logo which looks like a bouquet from a distance but with the symbols of women in orthopaedics.

The ‘three’ vertical lines are symbolic as well. Number 3 represents many meanings in symbolism such as harmony, wisdom and understanding or simply the ‘past, present, and future’. Vertical lines suggest strength and stability, and are often connected with religious feelings and dignity as they may be described as stretching from the earth to the heavens. Therefore, the logo is connected to the SICOT Women in Orthopaedics with three vertical lines.

In terms of colours, I used SICOT colours to show where we belong. Additionally, Temiloluwa suggested royalty colours, so I added gold and burgundy to show royalty and confidence. So that’s how our Women in Orthopaedics logo was created.   

Opportunities for everyone

As a junior doctor, being part of SICOT has been my honour. I started my journey with the Women in Orthopaedics platform, where I met strong and inspirational female leaders in orthopaedic surgery from all around the world. That was followed by SICOT Diaries and our first hybrid international conference in Budapest 2021. Thanks to SICOT, I had the opportunity to meet and work with figures in orthopaedics.

I know that commitment is hard while you have family commitments, full-time work, exams, projects, and a part-time MSc. However, meeting all these senior people who have travelled the road before you and seeing how they remain hardworking, gives you more strength to carry on. Every time you do one thing, you learn something new and overcome yourself. SICOT and Women in Orthopaedics enable us to connect with others, learn from each other, and, more importantly, challenge us to become a better version of ourselves. Therefore, I invite you all to join SICOT no matter who you are, your gender, or how junior you are.

The dream is to grow our SICOT family with people from all around the world, from all different backgrounds and preferences, to connect us all for a better Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery World.  

“Come, come, whoever you are,
Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving,
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Even if you have broken your vows a thousand times
It doesn’t matter
Come, come yet again, come”

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