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Annual Conference


2019 AWS Annual Conference

Sculpting the Future
October 26-29, 2019
San Francisco, CA


Sculpt the future of your dreams. Join the Association of Women Surgeons for our 2019 Annual Conference in San Francisco, held during the American College of Surgeons’ 2019 Clinical Congress. Together, we will set our visions, share our stories, and leave inspired to create the future we want to see, inside and out of the operating room.




You Experience -

Four days of engaging educational sessions and special events, connecting you to over 300 women in surgery, residents, medical students, and supporters

You Learn -

Breakthrough research presented by AWS authors of American Journal of Surgery papers, and tools for building your personal brand and setting career goals during educational sessions and hands-on workshops.

You Leave With -

A deeper connection to women surgeons, residents, and medical students from every medical specialty and corner of the world, and a deeper understanding of how you can sculpt the surgical career, and life, you want.



Preliminary Schedule


7:30 – 8:30am

  • Continental Breakfast in the Surgeons’ Lounge
  • Academic Poster Contests for Residents and Medical Students

8:30am – 6:00pm

  • Sculpting your Voice and Presence: Keynote Speaker and Hands-On Sessions
  • Morning Networking Break in the Surgeons’ Lounge
  • Best of the American Journal of Surgery AWS Edition Session #1
  • Sculpting your Career Vision: Expert Panel and Hands-on Sessions
  • Lunch and Business Meeting
  • Landmark Papers in Surgery
  • Sculpting our Profession: Design Thinking and Creative Planning
  • Afternoon Networking Break in the Surgeons’ Lounge
  • Best of the American Journal of Surgery AWS Edition Session #2
  • TED TALKS for Surgery

6:00 – 7:30pm

  • Wine and Cheese and Networking in the Surgeon’s Lounge

6:00 – 7:30pm

  • Awards Cocktail Reception
    Hosted by the American College of Surgeons’ Women in Surgery Committee

7:30 – 10:00pm

  • AWS Foundation Awards Dinner

7:00 – 9:00am

  • AWS Networking Breakfast


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Educational Grant

Thank you to the following organizations for their generous support of the AWS Conference through an educational grant.

Association of Women Surgeons Foundation