AWS Annual Conference

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2014 AWS Conference | October 26 - 28, 2014 | San Francisco, CA

Sunday, October 26, 2014 | Conference | 6:30 am - 3:00 pm
Monday, October 27, 2014 | Awards Dinner | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | Networking Breakfast | 8:00 am - 10:00 am

More details coming soon!

Download the 2014 AWS Sponsor & Exhibit Kit.

Interested in participating in the 2014 AWS Starr Poster Contest? Click here for details. Deadline to submit abstract is June 2, 2014.

Continue your professional development, obtaining CME credits and getting "hands-on" training, at Association of Women Surgeons' fall conferences. The AWS Fall Conference is held annually in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons' Clinical Congress.

The fall meeting began in 1981, when Patricia Numann, MD, invited as many women surgeons as she could identify for breakfast at the ACS meeting in San Francisco. The attendees found they had the same experiences, interests, and concerns. Each year attendance increased until it became apparent that a more formal program was needed to address professional issues. The fall conference now includes a three-hour program with a featured educational presentation (normally taking place the Sunday before the start of the ACS Clinical Congress.) An annual business meeting follows this program, and a reception and dinner at a local restaurant are planned the following evening to honor award recipients. We hold the networking breakfast midweek.

2013 AWS Annual Conference in Washington, DC

On Point! Sharpening your Vision for the Future
2013 AWS Annual Conference
Washington, DC
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Conference Brochure

Thank you 2013 Sponsors & Exhibitors!

Platinum Sponsors:


Ethicon, Inc.

Gold Sponsors:

Genomic Health


Agendia Practice Greenhealth HydroMARK
Vector Surgical Stryker

Myriad Genetics


Greening the OR Contest2013 Competition: Green Solutions for the Operating Room

The Association of Women Surgeons, in partnership with Practice Greenhealth, held the 2013 Competition: Green Solutions for the Operating Room

This contest was designed to facilitate discourse between students, residents and perioperative faculty and staff about ideas that demonstrate environmental responsibility in the operating room through reduction of energy use, preservation of natural resources and/or effective waste management.

The Association of Women Surgeons, in partnership with Practice Greenhealth, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Competition: Green Solutions for the Operating Room.

The first place winner was Dr. Sofya Asfaw of the Cleveland Clinic for her submission "A GREENER OPERATING ROOM: THE CLEVELAND CLINIC EXPERIENCE." Reviewers were impressed with the practical and comprehensive nature of Dr. Asfaw's proposal. They were also compelled by the focus on education.

The second place winner was Ms. Hena Ahmed of Harvard Medical School for her submission "QR CODE INVENSTORY FOR HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT RECOVERY AND RESOURCE DISTRIBUTION FOR GLOBAL IMPACT." Reviewers were compelled by Ms. Ahmed's proposal of recycling operating room materials through collection and distribution to resource poor settings.

Thanks to all who entered projects that detailed ways of reducing the environment impact of the operating room!

2013 AWS Starr Poster Contest

The Association of Women Surgeons is proud to present the 7th Annual Starr Poster Contest for Medical Students and Residents. The Starr Poster Contest, named for Dr. Nina Starr Braunwald, is designed to facilitate interaction and idea exchange between students interested in surgery, surgical residents, and faculty members of various institutions.

Eligibility: The contest is open to medical students and residents who are members of the Association of Women Surgeons. (You may apply to become a member during the submission period, but your application must be complete with dues paid prior to the submission deadline to be eligible.) If your abstract is accepted, you must register for the AWS Fall Conference and present your work during the Sunrise Scientific Session at the conference. (Please note that this session does not conflict with the medical student or resident activities at the ACS Clinical Congress.)

Prizes: The top medical student and resident abstracts are selected to display and present their research posters at the AWS Conference during the Sunrise Scientific Session. Recognition and a monetary prize will be awarded for the top 3 medical student posters and top 3 resident posters. The top student and resident poster winner will also receive a complimentary ticket to the AWS Awards Dinner on Monday, October 7, 2013.

Submission Process: Written abstracts will be used to select the poster presentations at the meeting. Please limit the abstract submission to 400 words or less (excluding the title and authors) and format your abstract submission as a Word Document. Abstract Topics eligible for submission are suggested to be surgical in nature, and include Basic Science, Clinical Outcomes, Epidemiology, and Health Policy. Case reports will NOT be accepted for this competition. Work previously submitted to other conferences can be submitted.

Include the following sections in your abstract:

  • Title

  • Author(s), to include degree and affiliation

  • Introduction

  • Methods

  • Results

  • Conclusion

  • Please specify if the abstract is free of copyright restrictions and can be posted on the AWS Website if chosen.

Figures cannot be accepted for the abstract, but are welcome in the poster presentations.

Deadlines: Abstracts were due August 1, 2013.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.

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