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February 2020 Letter from Dr. Sharon Stein

Friday, February 7, 2020  
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Dear AWS members,

Last week, you should have received a very important email from Association of Women Surgeons. I am asking you to read the document and place a vote. In brief, the Association is seeking to change our tax status from a 501(c)(6) to 501(c)(3). Why? Primarily so that the Association can apply and receive grants to fund our programming. For instance, grants to fund The AWS Coaching Project, for visiting professorships, the Signature Speaker Series, and the other nearly 100 programs that AWS is currently running, and hopes to continue running. We are actively looking to expand the options for funding surgical programs while growing our programmatic offerings. Please consider this proposal carefully and feel free to reach out to me or any of our other Association of Women Surgeons Officers with any questions, concerns or clarifications you need. Most importantly, if you are a member (Regular, New Surgeon, Resident, Student, International, and Institutional), please vote here before April 6 (member login required). 

Speaking of programs, I want to let you know that as the Oscars are finishing, we are just starting our Association of Women Surgeons Foundation Award season. This is a great opportunity to recognize those leaders who help move the causes of women in surgery and diversity in surgery forward. From medical students and residents with amazing potential, to the Past Presidents Award for contributions to women in surgery, there is an award for anyone you feel is really special. Please consider nominating someone or toot your own horn! Nominations for the Kim Ephgrave Visiting Professorship are open now through February 16, and the rest of the award nominations will open at the beginning of April. Keep an eye on the AWS website and social media as well as your inbox for the announcement, and start thinking now about who you might want to nominate.

Lastly, to "toot some horns," we now have over 3000 members, so thanks for joining us! I would also like to congratulate Jennifer H. Kuo, MD, from Columbia University on being the first AWS/Society of Academic Asian Surgeons Visiting Professor and thank Susan Pitts, MD, who completes her service as Association of Academic Surgery – AWS Liaison with a wonderful session at this year's Academic Surgery Congress this week.

Sharon L. Stein, MD, FACS, FASCRS