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AWS News & Opportunities


  • February 21 at 8pm ET: AWS Surgical Mentor Program - Pursuing a Career as a Surgeon Scientist (invitation only)
  • March 4 at 6pm ET: AWS Reviewer Academy (invitation only)
  • March 12 at 8pm ET: AWS Resident & Fellows Committee Meeting (register here)
  • April 13 at 2pm ET: AWS High School Outreach Event - Life-Saving Artistry: The Work of a Surgeon (register here). Attention AWS Members! If you are a resident, fellow, or surgeon interested in volunteering for this event as a speaker or panelist, please contact us at [email protected]. We want to hear from you!
  • Save the Date! The 2024 AWS Annual Conference will take place on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19. The AWS Foundation Awards Dinner & Gala will be held Sunday, October 20. Please note that these dates are one weekday earlier than in past years. More details will be released soon!


  • February 15: Deadline to apply to be the 2024 AWSF Visiting Professor. 
  • March 1: AWS Medical School Chapters are asked to complete the chapter of the year contest and renewal form by this deadline.
  • March 1: Apply to be an AWS Resident & Fellow Committee Regional Liaison (must be an AWS member)
  • March 7: Apply to be a 2024 AWS Signature Speaker (must be an AWS member)
  • May 2: Submit an abstract for the AWS Edition of The American Journal of Surgery. At least one author must be an active member of AWS.
  • Express interest in serving as an AWS/ASA representative.
  • Express interest in volunteering to serve as a speaker or panelist at the AWS High School Outreach Event on April 2. 



  • AAS: Revisit moments from the 2024 Academic Surgical Congress on Twitter.
  • AWMA: The American Medical Women's Association is hosting a virtual ELEVATE Open House on February 26 at 8pm ET.
  • AOSA: Watch the January PRISM Spotlight interview with the University of Michigan, presented by the Association of Out Surgeons & Allies.
  • ASA: The American Surgical Association generously grants AWS three representatives to their leadership. Email us if you are interested in serving in the future.
  • LSS: The Latino Surgical Society is hosting a Surgical Symposium on Latino Health on May 17 in Seattle, WA.
  • SAAS: Submit an abstract by April 22 for the 9th Annual SAAS Meeting.
  • SBAS: The Society of Black Academic Surgeons is hosting a virtual panel, Journey to Surgery Non-Linear Pathways, on February 18.

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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AWS Reviewer Academy

Call for Applicants: AWS-SURGERY Reviewer Academy

Applications EXTENDED to November 6, 2023


Calling all mentors and mentees! Join the Association of Women Surgeons and SURGERY for a 12-month program where you will learn why and how to peer review, how to review a manuscript, basic statistical understanding, diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, how to get involved in peer review, and more!

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AWS Surgical Mentoring Program

AWS Dorothy Brown & María García-Sancho Surgical Mentoring Program 

Application deadline for Mentees is August 15, 2023 

Application deadline for Mentors - EXTENDED to August 30, 2023

AWS is excited to announce that applications for our 2023-2024 Mentorship Program are now open!

This 6-month structured program is tailored towards medical students with an interest in surgery. Successful applicants will be paired 1:1 with a surgeon mentor, and will be invited to participate in 6 monthly large-group mentoring events including: 

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AWS Fellowship Grants


2023 AWS Fellowship Grant Recipient Announced

Dr. Holly Lewis

The Association of Women Surgeons supports surgeon scientists in the advancement and development of their careers through grant funding. The AWS Grants & Fellowship Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2023 AWS Fellowship Grant:
Dr. Holly Lewis! Dr. Lewis was awarded the grant for her project entitled "An injectable biomaterials for transplant tolerance." Research results from the project will be presented at the 2024 AWS Annual Conference.

The $20,000 AWS Fellowship Grant is awarded for basic science or clinical research and has no topic restrictions. it is awarded to one qualified and approved applicant. Considerations include the investigator’s experience, background, availability of scientific material, and other resources.

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SBAS & AWS Visiting Professor and Host Site Announced

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

Visiting Professor & Host Institution Announced
University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

The Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS) and the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) are pleased to announce that Chelsea Dorsey, MD, has been selected as the 2023-2024 SBAS & AWS Visiting Professor. Dr. Dorsey will be hosted for two days by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to offer presentations and connect with local women surgical faculty, residents, and students.

About the SBAS & AWS Visiting Professor Program


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AWS PTS Partnership

AWS Partnership with Panamerican Trauma Society

Apply by September 18

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Call for Committee Members


Get Involved in AWS as a Committee Member

Apply by November 2


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ASA Surgical Leaders Fellowship Grant

ASA Surgical Leaders Fellowship Grant 

Deadline to Apply is August 11

The Executive Council of the Association of Women Surgeons is pleased to invite you to submit self-nominations for the American Surgical Association Surgical Leaders Fellowship Grant for 2024.

The Fellowship Grant covers in part a two-week travel period and pays a grant to the Fellow’s institution of $5,000 ($2,500 each from the ASA and the AWS). The Fellowship grant is ideally suited for mid-level or senior academic surgeons with leadership training who seek a future leadership role and are at the stage in their career to benefit from exposure to a leadership shadowing experience.

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AWS Resident Travel Award

AWS Resident Travel Award
2023 Awardees Announced

The 2023 AWS Annual Conference is taking place in Boston from October 21-23. The conference offers residents an opportunity to network, expand their knowledge, and develop new leadership skills. To assist residents in attending the #AWS2023 conference, The Association of Women Surgeons is offering scholarships to four AWS resident members to assist with their travel to the conference in Boston.

Congratulations to the 2023 AWS Resident Travel Awardees:

  1. Dr. Andrea Riner, University of Florida
  2. Dr. Lauren Janczewski, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
  3. Dr. Natalia Correa, University of Miami Holycross Health
  4. Dr. Isabella Faria, UTMB

The AWS Resident Travel Award is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Margaret Dunn, Dr. Lauren Nosanov, and the AWS Foundation. 

Pride Month with AOSA and AWSF

Celebrate Pride Month with AOSA & AWSF
Join Us for a Contest that will Knock Your Socks Off!

June is Pride Month, and we are ready to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community! The Association of Out Surgeons and Allies and the Association of Women Surgeons Foundation invite you to celebrate diversity and support inclusiveness by joining a fun contest this month. 

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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 EXTENDED to June 22, 2023


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.

To promote the careers of mid-career SBAS-AWS members and recognize academic excellence.

The awardee must be an active member in good standing with SBAS or ¬AWS and be an Associate Professor of Surgery within 15 years of their faculty appointment. If awarded, you will be expected to join the other organization.

Requirements for application:

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AWS Executive Committee Nominations

Submit Your Nominations for the 2023 - 2024 AWS Executive Committee

Nominations deadline is July 7

The Association of Women Surgeons Nominating Committee is seeking self-nominations to serve as officers on the AWS Executive Committee beginning in October 2023. The officer positions to be elected this fall include: President-Elect, Vice President, and Secretary.

Position Details: 

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Call for 2023 AWS Foundation Award Nominations

Deadline Extended!
Nominate Exceptional Women Surgeons & Supporters by June 5

The call for nominations for the 2023 Association of Women Surgeons Foundation Awards is now open! Help AWSF recognize exceptional women surgeons and supporters by nominating a deserving individual whose character and accomplishments reflect the mission of AWSF and meet the criteria listed below.

Selected awardees will be honored at the AWSF Awards Dinner and Gala on October 23, 2023, held in conjunction with the AWS 2023 Annual Conference and the ACS Clinical Congress in Boston.

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AWS Coaching Program

Want to Avoid Burnout?
The AWS Coaching Program is for you!

Coachee (resident) applications accepted on rolling basis through September 29.
Coach applications now closed.


Burnout among surgical trainees is a challenging problem facing hospitals and programs nationwide, and studies show that it disproportionately affects women.

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SAAS-AWS Resident Research Travel Award

SAAS-AWS Resident Research Travel Award

Applications due May 24, 2023

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Call for Abstracts: American Journal of Surgery

Abstract Opportunity!

The Association of Women Surgeons is delighted to announce that our next annual issue of The American Journal of Surgery (AJS) highlighting work by AWS members will be published in January 2024.

We encourage you to submit your best scientific work for peer review and possible publication in our annual issue. Please note that we generally do not accept review articles or commentaries given the high volume of competitive original scientific works we receive every year.

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Host the 2023 AWSF Visiting Professor

Applications are now open to host the 2023 AWSF Visiting Professor!

The Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Program provides training institutions the opportunity to host top women surgeons as speakers, heightening the visibility of women surgeons and encouraging women medical students to pursue similar careers. 

Preference will be given to those institutions in which women represent a significant minority of the department. Both community and university training programs are encouraged to apply now for this opportunity. 

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