Building an Academic Foundation

“Building an Academic Foundation” is a 7-part webinar series developed by the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) that will equip senior surgical trainees and early career surgeons with guidance and mentorship on topics pertinent to starting a career in academic surgery.

Overarching areas that will be discussed include:

  • Finding and developing your first job
  • How to prepare for your first job - establishing an academic clinical practice
  • Establishing your academic career


  • Surgical resident or fellow who will be completing training and entering academic practice in 2024 OR early career academic surgeons within the first 2 years of practice.
  • Willing to complete pre-program survey at the time of registration for the program and to complete surveys at the completion of the program and 1 year following program completion.
  • Active AWS member

Mark Your Calendars:

  • What to Take From Training to Your First Job: Monday, June 12, 2023: 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
  • Setting up Your Practice: Monday, August 14, 2023: 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
  • The First 100 Days – Do’s and Don’ts: Monday, September 11, 2023: 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
  • Interviewing for Your First Job: Monday, November 13, 2023: 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
  • How to Evaluate, Structure, and Negotiate Your Job: Monday, January 8, 2024: 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
  • Establishing a Basic/Translational Research Program: Monday, February 12, 2024: 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
  • Family Planning for Early Career Academic Surgeons: Monday, April 22, 2024: 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST

The Building an Academic Foundation Webinar Series is generously sponsored by a grant from Intuitive.




AWS Resident & Fellow Virtual Meetings

Join the AWS Resident and Fellow Committee for a series of virtual meetings in 2023! The AWS Resident and Fellow Committee is focused on addressing surgical trainee programs and issues, with an emphasis on engaging residents and fellows in the AWS at an early stage in their careers. Committee members work closely with many of the other additional AWS committees, with a significant level of interaction with the Medical Student committee. 

  • January 9 at 8pm ET: Resident & Fellow Committee Meeting

Register Here


AWS Journal Club

The AWS Journal Club is an international peer-to-peer teaching curriculum that is focused on landmark papers in the field of general surgery with which all students and residents should be familiar. Student and resident members of AWS will have the opportunity to apply to present one of the landmark papers chosen for the journal club curriculum on a global platform.  We are also seeking residents and attendings to serve as mentors and moderators for each journal club session. The presentations will take place as a zoom event hosted by AWS, available internationally to all members and non-members of AWS. View articles and curriculum here

  • Next Meeting: Nov 15, 2023 at 8pm EST
Register Here


Past Webinars

AWS members can access recordings of past webinar programs after logging into their membership account. Not yet a member? Join now to view our past recorded webinars!


2022-2023 AWS Virtual Cross-Mentorship Workshop Series

Presented by the AWS #HeForShe Committee

The Association of Women Surgeons #HeForShe Committee is hosting a series of six monthly virtual workshops to facilitate dialogue on mentoring the diverse group of mentees in surgery. All programs will run from 6:30-8:00pm EST. AWS medical students, residents, and faculty are welcome to register.


Program Schedule: 

  • November 17, 2022 at 6:30pm EST: Race/Ethnicity Differences with Emilia Diego, MD
  • December 5, 2022 at 6:30pm EST: Gender Differences with Mary Mulcahey, MD
  • January 18, 2023 at 6:30pm EST: Sexuality Differences with Chantal Reyna, MD
  • February 22, 2023 at 6:30pm EST: Ability/Disability Differences with Kevin Pei, MD
  • March 16, 2023 at 6:30pm EST: Visibility and Intersectionality of Differences with Marie Crandall, MD
  • April 13, 2023 at 6:30pm EST: Institutional Barriers to DEI Efforts with Cherisse Berry, MD

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Dr. Emilia Diego at [email protected]


2023 SCALPELS Summer Series

Join the AWS Clinical Practice Committee for the AWS Surgeons' Career and Leadership Professional Education Lecture Series (SCALPELS)! This virtual program seeks to educate women surgeons in the fundamentals of healthcare leadership in a practical manner. This program is generously sponsored by a grant from Intuitive.

All programs will take place at 8:00pm ET.

  • June 7: Innovation in Surgical Education - The Quantified Surgeon: A Glimpse into the Future of Surgical Metrics and Outcomesfeaturing Dr. Carla Pugh
  • June 15: Innovation in Surgical Education - Parental Leave Policies and Surgical Residents: Opportunities to Improve and Support our Trainees, featuring Dr. Nicole Christian
  • June 29: Panel of Women Surgeons: Discussion on Changes in Surgical Education Over the Years, featuring Dr. Brenessa Lindeman, Dr. Natasha Becker, and Dr. Mary Ann Hopkins 

  • July 13: Commercialization in Surgery: Dr. Livia Eberlin
  • July 20: Commercialization in Surgery: Dr. Deanna McDonagh
  • July 27: Commercialization in Surgery - Panel of Women Surgeons Real Life Experiences: Drs. Paula Muto, Mary Anne Tarkington, and Kathy Magliato

  • August 10: Applying and Adopting New Technologies - Navigating the Path from Cutting-Edge to Conventional: Dr. Christy Yoon- Hee Chai
  • August 17: Applying and Adopting New Technologies - Leveraging AI and ChatGPT Technologies in Surgery, Dr. Jamie Robinson
  • August 24: Applying and Adopting New Technologies - Panel of Women Surgeons Real Life Experiences: Kelli McRory, Dr. Jennifer Kuo and Dr. Nicole Fox
This program is generously sponsored by a grant from Intuitive.


Continuing Medical Education Credit Information​



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American College of Surgeons and the Association of Women Surgeons. The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. ​

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits​

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 9 AMA PRA Category 1 credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.​

Award of CME credits by ACS is based on compliance of the program with the ACCME accreditation requirements and does not imply endorsement by ACS of the content, the faculty, or the sponsor of the program. ​

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the learner to earn credit toward the CME of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program.



How to Write Webinar Series

Presented by the AWS Publications Committee

  • August 15, 2023 at 8:00pm ET: How to Write a Personal Statement with Drs. Lauren Nosanov, Jennifer Plitcha, and Jessica Maxwell


AWS Medical Student Committee Events

Quarter 2 Event
October 1 at 1pm ET

Calling all medical students! The AWS Medical Student Committee is thrilled to announce the Quarter 2 Event: Interview Tips Panel. Join us October 1st at 1pm ET to learn how to crush your interviews!


AWS Jobs Webinar

October 4 at 6pm ET

Speakers: Jenny Shao, MD and Lisa Cannada, MD

Finding a job, especially your first job can be stressful. It is the the end of the path after many years of training and there are no formal guidelines dedicated towards consideration of jobs and how to plan for this important step of your career. This webinar will provide useful tips to be better prepared for the job search, things to consider and look for, how to build your network, and how to be successful when you start.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify opportunities and what to look for in a first job
  2. List ways to optimize your CV and communications and be successful in the interview process
  3. Discuss how networking can impact your career and create opportunities
  4. Describe the important aspects of negotiating a contract
  5. List key tips for getting started on the right foot and making that very important good first impression