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  • 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.

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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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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Shining Star Leadership Coaching

2023 Shining Star Participants Announced

Congratulations to the individuals participating in the inaugural AWS Shining Star Leadership Program:

  • Dr. Annabelle Fonseca, University of South Alabama
  • Dr. Emily Faulks, Virginia Tech Carilion
  • Dr. Shannon Small, Southshore University Hospital
  • Dr. Sarah Popek, University of New Mexico
  • Dr. Taryne Imai, Queen's Medical Center / University of Hawaii
  • Dr. Natasha Hansraj, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Dr. Sarah Faris, The University of Chicago Medicine
  • Dr. Lisa Marie Knowlton, Stanford University Medical Center
  • Dr. Natasha Becker, Hackensack Medical Center
  • Dr. Brenessa Lindeman, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

About the AWS Shining Star Leadership Coaching Program

One of the key missions of the Association of Women Surgeons is "to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals."

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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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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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Building an Academic Foundation

Register for the new Building An Academic Foundation Webinar Series

“Building an Academic Foundation” is a 7-part webinar series developed by the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) that will equip senior surgical trainees and early career surgeons with guidance and mentorship on topics pertinent to starting a career in academic surgery.

Overarching areas that will be discussed include:

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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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