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The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), founded in 1981, is a not-for-profit educational and professional organization. With approximately 3,000 members of all genders, AWS is one of the largest organizations dedicated to enhancing the interaction and exchange of information between women surgeons. Truly an international organization, AWS has members in over 40 countries.

AWS Mission Statement

AWS is a not-for-profit educational and professional organization whose mission is to inspire, encourage, and enable women surgeons to realize their professional and personal goals.

AWS Brand Statement

There are still so many challenges facing women in surgery today: pay equity, ergonomics, family leave, healthcare reform, changes in academic medicine, resident education, and work-life balance. Many of these issues affect both men and women, majority and minority groups, and they affect our ability to do our jobs and live our lives well.

  • Together we will address the issues affecting surgeons today.
  • Together we will build your future in surgery.
  • Together we will improve the lives of working surgeons.
  • Together we will prepare surgeons to be leaders.

The Association of Women Surgeons is a fellowship of surgeons who have dedicated their professional lives to surgery. We can provide you with mentorship, with opportunity, and with your help, a better future for all surgeons.

Why AWS? Because Together We Are Better.

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  • Equity. AWS will promote improvements in the workforce conditions for surgeons now and in the future.
  • Professional Development. AWS will encourage a healthy workforce of current and future surgeons.
  • Organizational Effectiveness. AWS will have an organizational structure and business model that supports a vibrant, dynamic. and relevant global organization.

Core Values

  • Integrity. We aspire to the highest level of ethical behavior as evidenced by honesty and dignity in our personal and professional relationships and responsibilities.
  • Mutual Support. We provide an organization that fosters mentoring and the development of professional and personal networks
  • Trust. We share a common definition of success with open, transparent access to information, building respect and confidence in the competence of those with whom we lead, serve and partner.
  • Diversity. We aspire to provide an organization that represents all surgeons and embraces diversity.