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Partnership with SAGES

AWS is excited to announce a new member partnership with the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). This partnership was formed to improve inclusion and diversity within the surgical community, and to give members of SAGES a great opportunity to support women surgeons.

The key component of this partnership will provide an incentive for practicing surgeons who are members of AWS or SAGES to join the other society with a 30% discount on 2018 membership dues. Additionally, the new members who register for the other association's Annual Meeting will be given another 30% discount on 2019 membership dues. AWS Regular Members will be eligible for these incentives through November 20, 2018.

This partnership will benefit members of AWS and SAGES. SAGES will benefit from increased participation from women surgeons, who will bring expertise, energy and perspective to the Society's mission. AWS will gain more members interested in supporting pay equality, reducing workplace bias, and eradicating the obstacles women face in the male-dominated surgical field.

FAQ for AWS Members Interested in Joining SAGES

What is SAGES?

The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons has over 6,000 members from all over the globe. The society’s mission is to improve quality patient care through education, research, innovation and leadership, principally in gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery. Learn more at

Can anyone join SAGES?

Surgeons in Canada and the United States are eligible for Active membership, and surgeons in other countries are eligible for Active International membership. SAGES also offers Candidate, Medical Student, Associate Active and Allied Health memberships.

Who is eligible for the special discount, is there a deadline, and how much is it?

AWS Current Regular Members in the United States and Canada can join SAGES for $245 (discounted from $350, plus $100 application fee waived) during this special initiative.

AWS Current Regular Members outside of the United States and Canada can join SAGES for a discount during this special initiative. SAGES uses a tiered membership system so that members in less economically developed countries pay lower dues.

How do I join?

To join SAGES, click the link below and log in using your AWS account information. You'll be provided with a code to use on the SAGES website for your discount on membership dues.

Why aren’t other AWS members eligible for the special discount?

SAGES already offers significant discounts on the $350 annual membership for these categories:

  • Candidate (Residents and Fellows): $70 per year
  • Medical Students: $40 per year
  • Associate Active (non-surgeon physicians): $350 per year
  • Allied Health (nurses, Physician Assts.): $150 per year

I’m not a member of either AWS or SAGES, but I want to join both – can I get a discount?

Yes, surgeons joining both societies at the same time are eligible for a 20% discount on 2018 dues from both societies. When completing the AWS application, use promo code SAGES2018NEW and when completing the SAGES application, use promo code AWS2018NEW. Note: new members joining AWS will pay the full amount at registration and will receive a refund for the 20% discount at the conclusion of the pilot program in November.