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How To Dress For Success

Practicing Surgeons | Future Surgeons | International Perspective | Mentor SpotlightEvents & Opps

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This month, our “How to” section focuses on How to Dress for Success. The perfect foil for our new years resolutions – whether that resolution was to look better, dress for your new job, or get into better shape.

“Dress for success” – should be our fashion mantra!

Dress for Success

Nancy Gantt provides helpful tips and lots of fashion advice on how to look your best yet remain comfortable despite the busy schedule of a surgeon.



Lisa Coleman, a second year medical student, has already picked up on the mantra and shows us you are never too junior to start dressing for success.



Our international spotlight highlights opportunity for those of us looking to work overseas. Sherry Wren spends much of her time traveling the globe as both a surgeon and professor. She gives us hints on how to get involved, and be successful, when working on global/humanitarian surgical missions.


Our mentor spotlight highlights plastic surgery resident Pamela Tan. A PGY8, signing up for still more training in pediatric craniofascial plastic surgery, Pamela urges potential surgeons to embrace their femininity – we can decide and change what a surgeon looks like.


Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Pickup the Feminist Fight Club by Jessica Bennett & join our LIVE Twitter chat on February 13, 8pm EST! #AWSchat

Going to ASC on February 7-9? So are we! Meet up with other AWS members on Wednesday, February 8, for the 1:15 pm Presidential Lecture: “I’m with Her – Mobilizing the Entire Surgical Community to Alleviate the Gender Gap in Surgery.” AWS Members, Learn more

Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professor Award applications are now available! Apply by February 15.

International Humanitarian Aid Skills Course | The Center for Global Health and Innovation at Stanford University School of Medicine, CA (SUSM), will host a one-and-a-half-day Continuing Medical Education (CME) course, February 25−26, 2017, on humanitarian surgery skills. Space is limited, register by January 30.

The University of Washington Department of Surgery is inviting applications for a 2 year funded surgical outcomes fellowship at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center in Seattle, WA. Applications for July 2018 are due on January 15th.

Join AWS and 2500 surgeons at the 47th World Congress of Surgery in Basel, Switzerland August 14-18th. We will be hosting symposiums on Women’s Health Issues, Burnout and Mentorship. To participate, Submit your abstract by January 18.

Fellowships to attend the 47th World Congress of Surgery are available: For citizens, The Lloyd M. Nyhus Traveling Fellowship Application, sponsored by the US Chapter of the International Society of Surgery, allows a surgeon within 5 years of practice to attend the World Congress of Surgery. The award will provide up to $2500 towards the young surgeon’s travel and accommodation expenses (registration fees will be waived for the scholar) to attend the World Congress of Surgery in Basel, Switzerland August 13 –17 2017. Submit your abstract by January 18.

International members may apply for the Breast Surgery International (BSI) will be offering eight travel scholarships for young surgeons from low and middle income countries. Interested candidates please apply by January 18. AWS Members, Learn More.