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AWS News & Opportunities

AWS & AWSF News:

  • Call for Latino Surgical Society & AWS Visiting Professor host sites.
  • Congratulations to the 2024 AWS Breaking the Glass Ceiling Cohort.
  • Thank you to the University of Chicago and University of Pittsburgh for generously supporting the 2024 AWS Annual Conference as Chair Sponsors!
  • Express interest in assisting AWS with planning the next AWS Building an Academic Foundation webinar series by indicating your availability here.
  • Apply to serve on an ACS Committee.
  • Join AWS on Instagram Live tonight at 8pm for a "Reflections on Diverse Perspectives in Surgery" discussion in honor of Pride Month.
  • Purchase special AOSA & AWSF socks for PRIDE Month.

Register Now:

  • June 19 at 8pm ET: Reflecting on Diverse Perspectives in Surgery on Instagram Live (watch here)
  • June 20 and 27 at 8pm ET: AWS SCALPELS: Raising the Next Generation (register here)
  • July 1 at 6pm ET: AWS Reviewer Academy (invitation only)
  • July 2 at 7pm ET: AWS Cross Mentoring Workshop: Gender Differences (register here)
  • July 9 at 8pm ET: AWS Resident & Fellows Meeting (register here)
  • July 11, 18, and 25 at 8pm ET: AWS SCALPELS: The Cost of Being a Female Surgeon (register here)
  • July 23 at 8pm ET: AWS Journal Club Summer Series (register here)
  • October 18 & 19: 2024 AWS Annual Conference in San Francisco (register)
  • October 20: The 2024 AWS Foundation Annual Dinner & Gala (register)

Calls for Entry:

  • June 28: Indicate your availability to assist with planning the Building an Academic Foundation webinar series.
  • July 5: Apply to serve on an ACS committee.
  • July 11: Applications due from coaches for the AWS Coaching Program
  • July 12: DEI Travel Award applications due.
  • July 18: AWS Executive Committee self-nominations due
  • July 18: AWS Fellowship Grant applications due
  • August 9: LSS & AWS Visiting Professor Host Site applications due
  • September 5: Applications due from coachees for the AWS Coaching Program

AWS Liaison Organization News

  • AAS: The Association for Academic Surgery seeks to inspire and develop young academic surgeons. Learn more on their website.
  • ACS: Apply to serve on an ACS Committee by July 5.
  • AWMA: Members of AWS can get a complimentary affiliate membership in the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)! Learn more here.
  • AOSA: The Association of Out Surgeons & Allies is partnering with AWSF on special Pride Month socks! Get a pair here.
  • ASA: Applications for the 2025-2027 American Surgical Association Foundation Fellowship Research Awards are open through June 15.
  • LSS: Congratulations to the 2024 LSS/AWS Visiting Professor, Dr. Mecker Moller! Applications to host Dr. Mecker are due August 9.
  • SAAS: The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS) was founded to focus on the personal and professional development of Asian academic surgeons with the belief that the best way to increase Asian representation in the leadership of academic surgery is to prepare future generations to succeed. Learn more here.
  • SBAS: The Society of Black Academic Surgeons improve health, advance science, and foster careers of African American and other underrepresented minority surgeonsLearn more here.


Call for ACS Governor to AWS

Please join us in thanking Susan Pories, MD, FACS for her years of service to ACS and AWS!
As Dr. Pories is nearing the end of her final term, AWS is requesting interest in the ACS Governor position.  Per the AWS Policy and Procedures:
The AWS Governor to the College serves a three-year term, which may be renewed for one additional three-year term. Reappointment of the AWS Governor will be made and approved by vote of the Council. AWS selects a primary and secondary candidate and submits this recommendation to the College who will make the final decision on the Governor position.
Nominees for AWS Governor must:
· be clinically active.
· be a current member of AWS.
· be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in good standing.
· have served on the AWS Council for a minimum of three years.  Current members of the AWS council who have served a minimum of three years on the Council are eligible.
· be able to attend all AWS Council meetings and Executive Committee meetings (approximately 6-8 per year with one meeting occurring at the October ACS meeting and one other face-to-face meeting in January, February or March.  All other meetings are via conference call.)
· provide a report at each Council and Executive Committee meeting on issues relevant to AWS and our membership
· be able to attend all Governor meetings and adequately represent AWS and our issues.
If you are interested in self-nominating or nominating another AWS member, please share name, email address, and updated CV  by email to [email protected].  This same posting will go out to all AWS members next week.  All nominations are due before Thursday, May 30, 2024.
Submit Nomination

SAAS-AWS Resident Research Travel Award


The Society of Asian Academic Surgeons (SAAS)-Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Resident Travel Award is a $1000 travel grant supporting attendance of a surgical resident trainee at the SAAS Annual Meeting. The meeting this year will be hosted by Tulane University, Department of Surgery, from Sept 5-6, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisana.

Deadline for applications: May 31, 2024
Notification of award by: July 12, 2024

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Starr Research Forum

AWS Starr Research Forum

Calling all students, residents, and fellows with research to share!
Due May 30, 2024

Student, resident and fellow members of AWS may submit up to two abstracts for the AWS Starr Medical Student and Resident Research Forum at the 2024 AWS Annual Conference. Abstracts are limited to 300 words and must have an Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusions, and supporting author information. Incomplete abstracts will not be considered. Case reports and literature reviews will not be accepted. The deadline is 11:59PM EST on May 30.

Abstracts presented at other conferences are allowed, except for abstracts that you plan to present at the ACS conference. You cannot send an abstract on a project that is published prior to the conference. If your abstract is accepted, you must register for the 2024 AWS Annual Conference as a Student/Resident and present your work in person during the 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.)

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Call for Applications: SBAS & AWS Visiting Professorship

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) and the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) Visiting Professorship

Call for Applications

Application Deadline: June 3, 2024


To provide active SBAS and AWS members who are faculty members at the rank of Associate Professor and within 15 years of their faculty appointment the opportunity to serve as a Visiting Professor for the Department of Surgery at a host institution. The host site application will open soon.

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NIH CSR Reviewer

National Institute of Health CSR Reviewer Pool

AWS Members Can Apply by January 31 for Quarter 1

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institute of Health (NIH) has requested recommendations for AWS members willing and qualified to serve in the NIH CSR Reviewer Pool. Interested candidates are asked to complete the submission form below.

Nominated scientists should meet the following criteria:
• willing to serve as reviewers
• seen as experts, with integrity, in their field.
• have an active research program, extramural funding, and not currently be a standing member of an NIH study section or advisory council.
• productive scientists from diverse backgrounds and career stages – e.g. assistant, associate, and full professors.

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