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. 

  • May 9, 2023 at 8pm EST - Transition to Practice/Contract Negotiation with Drs. Sharon Stein, Xiaoxi Feng, and Amy Vertrees. 
  • Jul 11, 2023 at 8pm EST - Intern Success/Adapting to New Role in Residency/Fellowship
  • Sep 12, 2023 at 8pm EST - Financial Planning/Investment

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: Innovation in Surgical Education - Real Life Experiences, featuring Dr. Brenessa Lindeman, Dr. Natasha Becker, and Dr. Mary Ann Hopkins 

  • July 13: Commercialization in Surgery
  • July 20: Commercialization in Surgery
  • July 27: Commercialization in Surgery

  • August 10: Applying and Adopting New Technologies
  • August 17: Applying and Adopting New Technologies
  • August 24: Applying and Adopting New Technologies


How to Write Webinar Series

Presented by the AWS Publications Committee 

  • February 16, 2023 at 6:00pm EST: How to Write a Case Report with Dr. Alisha Oropallo
  • May 17, 2023 at 6:00pm EST: How to Write a Systematic Review with Dr. Sophie Dream 

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.



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] 


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!