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Publications & eBooks

AWS 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

Navigating 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 in partnership with Medtronic.

AWS Member discount available.

eBook | Hardcopy

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



Career Challenges





Clinical Practice Committee Resources

A list of resources and tools compiled by the Clinical Practice Committee, including an educational resource library divided by level of training, is available here.


Women Are SurgeonsProduced in collaboration with the National Institute of Health (24 mins). Encourages young girls to enter the field of surgery.

Three Firsts: Women Pioneers In American Surgery (55 mins) Documents the lives and careers of three women pioneers in American surgery: Alma Dea Morani, MD, the first female plastic/reconstructive surgeon, Nina Starr Braunwald, MD, the first female cardiac surgeon and a deputy NIH director, and Olga Jonasson, MD, a leader in the American College of Surgeons and the first female chair of an academic department of surgery.

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National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) 

AWS is a member of the NWHM National Coalition, a group of national, predominantly women’s organizations that support the mission of the NWHM to illuminate “the role of women in transforming society and [encouraging] all people, women and men, to participate in democratic dialogue about our future.” There was no financial obligation in AWS joining the Coalition.


Check out the AWS searchable mentor database for members only. A mentor search can be done by geography, specialty or stage in your career. If you would like to become an AWS mentor, update your member profile in the members only section.

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