Student Committee

The mission of the AWS Student Committee is to develop resources to support, educate and inspire women medical students pursuing a career in surgery. View the 2017-2018 Medical Student Committee roster. The AWS Student Committee accepts new committee member applications every spring.

Student members may also participate in other AWS committees.

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Welcome! We are delighted you are interested in joining the Association of Women Surgeons and advancing your career in surgery. Our mission on the AWS National Medical Student Committee is to support your exploration and interest in a surgical career by providing you resources, mentorship, and organizational opportunities. Our leadership is comprised of 15 committee members who are all eager to enhance your clinical and academic training during medical school.

Becoming an AWS medical student member allows you to take advantage of the guides created by our committee members for success in your surgical clerkships, research, and the interview process. Every year, we continue to add to our collective by generating new resources for our AWS medical student members. We hope you strongly consider AWS as a foundation for pursuing your surgical careers.

The AWS National Medical Student Committee last year has paved the way for new exciting initiatives such as the AWS Day of Service and a surgical mentorship-pairing program. There are currently 80 active AWS medical student chapters located nationally and internationally this year. Each of our medical student chapters has created unique and engaging experiences for medical students at their home institutions last year. We have also been expanding regional AWS events for students, residents, and faculty members to facilitate additional networking opportunities for students. Our goal for this upcoming year is to continue to grow our AWS medical student chapter network globally. We encourage our members to become involved in starting new chapters to empower other women interested in surgery.

The talented women who drive AWS have been a personal source of inspiration in my medical training. The first step towards a meaningful connection with this strong community of women in surgery begins by joining AWS. We hope to learn from you and meet your needs in this next year. See you soon the 2017 AWS Annual Conference in San Diego, October 21-24, 2017!

Shree Agrawal
Chair of the AWS National Medical Student Committee, 2017-2018