Membership has its advantages…

Through various networking forums, we support the exchange of experiences, advice and strategies among female surgeons around the world. Many of us remain isolated from our female colleagues in spite of the rising number of women in surgery. AWS addresses the unique challenges that women surgeons face such as:

  • Balancing family issues with the demands of a surgical career, including when to have children;
  • Pay and promotion equity issues; and
  • The lack of women in academic leadership positions.

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GET THE NEWS YOU NEED | eConnections provides you with the latest topics and trends relating to woman and surgery

NETWORK | Attend the annual conference, connect with AWS members at other society meetings, get involved with a committee or join any one of our online social networks.

MENTOR | Get a mentor or be a mentor. Access the members’ only directory to find a mentor who is right for you.

GET PUBLISHED | American Journal of Surgery publishes an entire issue of articles from AWS members.

GET YOUR CAREER STARTED | The AWS Pocket Mentor is the manual for surgical interns and residents.Woman Surgeon at Work

FIND A JOB | Use the AWS Career Center to find a job that is perfect for you.

ENHANCE YOUR CAREER | Utilize AWS’ Career Development Resource to get the information you need to support your surgical career.

BE RECOGNIZED | AWS members are eligible for AWS Foundation Awards.


 new-img1“Membership in the AWS motivated me as a medical student to do surgery, as a resident to mentor and be mentored, and as an attending to lead people and organizations. My success is a credit to the success of the AWS.”

Danielle Walsh, MD, FACS
East Carolina University
AWS Past President Member since  1994


AWS members are intelligent, hard-working, energetic women committed to be the best they can be in all facets of their lives. With diverse interests and lifestyles, each woman shares a commitment to excellence in surgery. These colleagues invite you to join them as a member of the Association of Women Surgeons.

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