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.

In 2018, AWS launched the Coaching Program, designed to support women trainees and reduce burnout.

AWS is looking for volunteers to serve as coaches, as well as residents looking to build a meaningful relationship with a coach.

Applications are now open for coaches and residents to join the sixth year of this program.


Learn More HERE



Information for Coaches

  • We are recruiting 40 practicing surgeons who are current AWS members to train as Professional Development coaches.
  • AWS will host three (3) mandatory Coach training sessions. One will be in-person on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at the AWS Conference in Boston, and the other two (2) will be hosted virtually in February and May 2024. (While welcome to attend for a refresher, coaches who have attended the in-person training in the past are exempt from the mandatory in-person training)
  • There will be two surveys coaches must complete, one at the beginning of the program, and one at the conclusion.
  • All coaches will be assigned two residents.

The deadline to apply to be a coach was Friday, August 25, 2023.


Apply to be a Coach



Information for Residents

  • All applicants must be current members of AWS.
  • Coachees will meet virtually with their coach to discuss experiences and set goals every three months, for a total of three meetings. Each meeting will last 40 to 60 minutes.
  • Coachees must complete a short "homework assignment" prior to each meeting.
  • There will be two surveys coachees must complete, one at the beginning of the program, and one at the conclusion.
  • Prior residents who have participated in similar programs have shown reduced burnout, improved well-being, better coping skills, and improved workplace relationships.

Coachee applications are accepted from residents on a rolling basis through is Friday, September 29, 2023 or when all spots are filled.


Apply to be a Resident Coachee



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