Current News & Events
We recently lost two esteemed surgeons who were good friends to the Association of Women Surgeons. Dr. George Sheldon was our Honorary Member in 2012 and served as a mentor to many women surgeons over his long and distinguished career. Dr. Keith Amos held the Claude Organ Fellowship at the time of his death, an award that is co-sponsored by AWS. Both will be deeply missed by our profession.
AWS Calendar of Events
Find events and programs in the coming months that may be of interest to women surgeons on the AWS Events page.
AWS Membership Survey Distribution Policy
AWS receives frequent requests to survey our unique and valuable membership. To ensure we don't overwhelm our members with these requests, we have established a survey policy and application process. We charge a nominal fee to cover the costs of evaluating and disseminating the surveys. Click here for more information and a survey request form.
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New AWS Facebook Group for Residents and Medical Students
The AWS Resident and Medical Student Facebook Group has been established to allow for group communications relevant to the resident and medical student AWS members, including planning dinners/informal meet-ups during national conferences, assisting with residency interviewing accommodations, and allowing for greater communication between members.
Click here to join the group. (Note: The Resident and Medical Student Facebook Group is a member-only benefit and requests will be reviewed by an Administrator to verify membership status.)
Perception about Women Surgeons as Leaders
Conducted by the Japan Association of Women Surgeons (JAWS)
Despite the increasing number of women medical graduates entering surgery as a specialty, the scarcity of women at higher positions, particularly academic leadership positions in medicine, has persisted. We conducted a survey on Leaders with extensive leadership experience and obtained their opinions on issues related to women surgeons in surgical leadership. Based on former surveys, we are now conducting a short survey among women surgeons working in both clinical practice and research. Our primary objective was to understand attitudes and opinions regarding career advancement towards leadership roles, barriers confronting women surgeons, and potential remedies.
This study is conducted by the Japan Association of Women Surgeons (JAWS) in cooperation with the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), Finnish Society of Surgery, and the Chapter of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong. Through your participation, we eventually hope to understand better how women surgeons may advance towards more significant posts and play active roles as Leader.
Your responses will be counted and analyzed absolutely anonymously to protect the privacy of the respondents. Your personal information will also be kept completely confidential. Your participation is voluntary and there is no penalty for not participating.
To begin the survey, click here.
If you have any questions or concerns about completing the questionnaire or about participating in this study, you may contact us.
Here's a copy of a presentation with helpful information for writing nomination letters for promotions, awards, etc.
AWS Pocket Mentor
The newly updated Pocket Mentor is now available. This handbook for surgical interns was developed to ease the transition from student to resident to surgeon. Based upon the experiences of a number of women surgeons and written by the members of AWS, this resource is intended to make your passage a bit easier than it was for them. Click here to download a PDF of the Pocket Mentor.
If you're a student or resident, check out this PowerPoint by Hilary Sanfey MB, BCh, MHPE, FACS.