Membership Benefits

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Community of Support

With more than 2,000 women surgeons, medical students and residents as members, AWS is one of the largest organizations dedicated to enhancing the interaction and exchange of information between women surgeons.

  • A strong network of women surgeons from academia, government, healthcare systems, and other individuals supporting and advocating for the mission of AWS.
  • Awards and recognition programs honoring outstanding accomplishments of women surgeons as well as those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of women surgeons. The AWS Foundation annually recognizes individuals who have contributed exceptional service to women in surgery. Nomination forms are available to nominate an individual you feel has made an impact on women in surgery.


AWS holds an annual conference in the fall in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons. AWS meetings provide the opportunity to meet other women who have similar aspirations and obstacles. We share ideas and strategies to address the challenges faced in their personal lives and professional careers. Continue your professional development, obtaining CME credits and getting “hands-on” training, at AWS’ fall conferences.


You will find an incredible library of articles and publications both in the Resource Library and in the Members-only section of the website. A few examples include:

pocketmcover4.225x225-75AWS Pocket Mentor
A manual created for surgical interns and residents, based upon the experiences of a number of women surgeons. It is intended to make your passage a bit easier than it was for many of them. Presented in partnership with Medtronic, the AWS Pocket Mentor is available at no cost:

eBook | PDF | PDF in Spanish | Order a hardcopy


CaptureNavigating Your Surgical Career: The AWS Guide to Success
A resource for practicing women surgeons written by women surgeons that offers advice, practical examples on paths and choices, and the tools to build a roadmap for a successful career. Presented by Medtronic. Available in hard copy or as an eBook. AWS member discount available.

eBook | Hard Copy

StudentsCareer Development Resource

A reference guide containing fundamental information to help develop a successful surgical career.



Mentors can make all the difference in the careers of women surgeons. Mentors  can help women navigate their careers and guide them in successfully combining surgical careers with family and personal lives. AWS offers resources on mentoring and a Find A Mentor service. Read more on mentoring and get connected.

Online Member Directory

A most valuable tool that helps to facilitate member to member communications, it is updated weekly and available online to AWS members only. Members are listed by specialty and by state.


This monthly e-publication contains the news and views on the issues in the field of surgery. In 2014, eConnections will follow a 12-month curriculum entitled Year of the Woman Surgeon. Each month’s issue will highlight articles about women in surgery, update members on their colleagues’ accomplishments, profile outstanding women in surgery and provide our members with tips, advice and opinions on what matter to you most.

American Journal of Surgery

AJSRegular AWS membership includes a subscription to the American Journal of Surgery (AJS), in addition to electronic access to the articles. Members may claim their full-text access to the journal using their “Subscriber Number” (which is printed on the label of each issue) along with their surname. AWS members must register at the site when “claiming access” for the first time. Click here for more detailed instructions on access.. Residents and Students can also subscribe at a special rate of $50 per year for U.S. residents and $75 per year for international subscribers (a 50% discount).

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