AWS 2023 Annual Conference 
October 21-23, 2023
Boston, Massachusetts

Bringing it Back to You

AWS is the largest organization dedicated to women surgeons across all surgical subspecialties. The 2023 AWS Annual Conference, being held October 21-23 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront, will provide educational content and presentations by leaders in surgery inspired by the theme, Bringing it Back to You. The AWS Annual Conference provides mentoring opportunities and leadership development by fostering the interaction among and exchange of information between women surgeons.

Keynote Speaker

AWS is thrilled to announce Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE as the Keynote Speaker for the 2023 AWS Annual Conference! Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE is a tenured and endowed Professor and the Vice Chair of Strategy in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Sasha is CEO & Founder of Brave Enough, a well-published researcher in cardiac anesthesiology and gender equity, author, and international speaker. Sasha has taught thousands of women to achieve work-life control through her courses and conferences. She speaks frequently to executives and leaders on the topics of professional resilience and gender equity. Her TEDx talk titled Resilience: The Art of Failing Forward has been viewed by thousands of people. Her writing has been published in both the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. She leads conferences and retreats for professional women through her organization, Brave Enough. A best-selling author, her first book Between Grit and Grace: How to be Feminine and Formidable, has sold thousands of copies and her second book, Brave Boundaries: Strategies to Say No, Stand Strong and Take Control of Your Time, was released in September of 2022.

Register Now!

Registration is now open for the 2023 AWS Annual Conference! Stay tuned for programming details over the next few months. 

Early Bird (through July 31) | Standard (through Sept 30) | Late (by Oct 5)

  • Member - Physician: $285 | $310 | $335
  • Member - Student/Resident: $99 | $125 | $150
  • Member - International Physician: $120 | $130 | $140
  • Non-Member - Physician: $335 | $350 | $385
  • Non-Member - Student/Resident: $115 | $135 | $160
  • Non-Member - International Physician: $140 | $150 | $160

Coming soon: Mark your calendars for late May, when we will share information about Saturday sessions and Sunday hands-on workshops, available for an extra fee! Additionally, CanyonRanch will be providing an opportunity for early bird registrants. Details will be shared soon! 


AWSF Awards Dinner & Gala

Join us for our most highly-anticipated event of the year: The AWS Foundation Awards Dinner & Gala! Taking place during the AWS Conference weekend on October 23, this spectacular gala will recognize the outstanding contributions that surgeons, surgeons-in-training, mentors, and allies have made to the advancement of women in surgery. Individual tickets for this special event are available for a flat rate, and they will sell out fast! Full tables and half tables can be purchased at an early bird price through July 31, 2023. Special trainee ticket pricing will be announced this summer.

Early Bird (through July 31) | Standard (through Oct 5)

  • Full Table: $3,500 | $4,000
  • Half Table: $1,750 | $2,000
  • Individual Ticket: $325 | $325
  • Trainee Ticket: TBA

Hotel Information

AWS is pleased to announce that the 2023 Annual Conference and 2023 AWSF Awards Dinner & Gala will be hosted by the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel! This luxury hotel has a scenic waterfront location in the Seaport District, and features a bar and lounge, indoor pool, gym, and much more. We look forward to hosting our annual meeting in this gorgeous space!

All room reservations in Boston should be made through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) room block for the 2023 Clinical Congress. According to the reservation site, you can book now to receive discounted nightly rates with no upfront cost and the opportunity to change or cancel your reservation without penalty per the hotel's cancellation policy.

Terms & Conditions

Refunds, minus a $75 administrative fee for Attending tickets and $25 administrative fee for Trainees will be issued on written cancellations received on or before September 15. Phone cancellations WILL NOT be accepted. Registrants assume full responsibility for notification to and verification of receipt by AWS. Refunds will be processed 2-3 weeks after the meeting. Refunds or credits will not be given for failure to attend, late arrival, flight/transportation cancellations, unattended events or early departure. In the rare event of a meeting cancellation, AWS is not responsible for nor will provide refunds for costs associated with travel, airfare, hotel or transportation costs incurred by the registered attendee. It is always recommended that the registrant consider purchasing independent travel insurance.

Support the AWS Conference

Connect with hundreds of women surgeons, residents, and students from leading medical institutions and all surgical specialties as a Corporate Supporter of the 2023 AWS Annual Conference! As a conference sponsor, you can elevate your business, reach key decision-makers, and support women surgeons. View our AWS Prospectus and sponsor agreement, and then use this conference reservation form to confirm your participation today. Questions?  Email us at i[email protected].

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