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Social Events and Optional Activities

Looking for suggestions on where to go and what to do in Boston? Dr. Andrea Merrill, Harvard medical student Biqi Zhang, and the AWS Resident and Medical Student Committees have assembled a guide that includes must-see places, restaurants, fitness, weekend trips, and more.

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AWS merchandise information: Orders placed on or before September 27 will be shipped directly to Annual Conference in Boston unless specified otherwise by the purchaser. Orders placed after September 27 are not guaranteed to arrive by Annual Conference, though there will be a selection of items to purchase on-site.  

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All events take place at the Boston Marriott Copley Place unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 19

St. John Boutique In-Store Shopping Event

5:00 – 8:00pm

St. John Knits Boutique
292 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

Located just steps from the Boston Marriott Copley Place, visit St. John for a selection of modern and effortless women’s clothing. Sips and treats provided. Plus, enjoy a 20% discount from 10/19 through 10/26 when you mention AWS.

Please consider donating half of your savings to the AWS Foundation.

Saturday, October 20

Networking Reception

6:00 – 7:30pm | Surgeons' Lounge

Conclude your day of educational programming by networking with your peers in a relaxed atmosphere in our Surgeons' Lounge. Appetizers and a hosted bar will be provided.

Included in your conference registration fee.

Resident & Student Mixer


9A Tyler St.
Boston, MA 02111

Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Cash bar.

Monday, October 22

SoulCycle Charity Ride


SoulCycle Back Bay
500 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116

Join your colleagues for a SoulCycle ride benefiting Annual Conference and the AWS Foundation! Only 56 bikes are available and they are first come, first served. Plan to arrive to the Back Bay studio by 1:45pm to receive your complimentary shoe rental and water. Get ready to sweat for a great cause! Email any song requests to and we will pass them on to the SoulCycle team!

Ticket purchases are now closed. Please inquire at the registration desk for availability on-site.

Cost: $50 ($35 is tax-deductible)

Women in Surgery Committee Reception

6:00 – 7:30pm | Salons H/I/J

The American College of Surgeons’ Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) continues to generously sponsor a reception for women surgeons attending the Clinical Congress and their guests.


AWS Foundation Awards Dinner

7:30 – 10:00pm | Salon G

Join us for the 2018 AWS Foundation Awards Dinner as we recognize outstanding individuals who have truly made a difference for women in surgery. Ticket purchase required. Please see registration desk for seat availability on-site.

The attire for this dinner is formal.

View our Awards Dinner Table Sponsors »

Tuesday, October 23

AWS Networking Breakfast

7:00 – 9:00am | Salon G

Re-connect with your AWS colleagues as the ACS Clinical Congress gets underway. Enjoy interactive networking courtesy of our sponsor, Stryker, plus a presentation and free raffle from Neiman Marcus. After breakfast, guests are invited to walk to the Neiman Marcus located in Copley Place Shopping Mall for early access beginning at 9am.

Complimentary; RSVP requested

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