Saturday, October 21st
San Diego Marriott Marquis Marina
333 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Conference Agenda


The Association of Women Surgeons welcomes you to the 2017 Annual Conference: Better Together. This annual event focuses on our colleagues at all career levels, of all practice types and locations worldwide. Join us as we celebrate our success and network with peers during an educational conference dedicated to collaborative growth.

In recent months, we have seen various social media movements celebrate women across a variety of careers. AWS continues to seek opportunity for sponsorship and mentorship by reaching out to our colleagues practicing surgery, and those working to become surgeons, while joining together with women outside of the medical field to make meaningful and significant change. During this meeting, we will explore a variety of ways to facilitate our mentorship outreach and strengthen its impact.

There are still many issues facing women in surgery today: pay equity, ergonomics, family leave, health care reform, changes in academic medicine, resident education, and work/life integration. Many of these issues impact men and women in majority and minority groups. These issues affect surgeons’ ability to do their jobs and live their lives well. We hope you are able to join us in San Diego for a conference that is sure to make a difference for you.

Why AWS? Because together we are better!

Celeste Hollands, MD, FACS, FAAP President-Elect & Program Chair