2024 AWS Annual Conference
Be Brave, Be Bold, Become

Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19 - NEW Dates!
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Meet us in San Francisco from October 18-20 for the 2024 AWS Annual Conference, inspired by the theme, Be Brave, Be Bold, Become! Register today to develop your skills and confidence, connect with influential women, expand your knowledge, and take charge of your career.

Highlights of the AWS Conference include educational presentations by leaders in surgery, networking events, professional development workshops, wellness sessions, and much more. As a friendly reminder, the conference is taking place one weekday earlier than in recent years. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months!


Conference Schedule

*Subject to Change

Friday, October 18

  • 6:45am - AWS Starr Posters and Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00am - Welcome and Keynote Session: How to Get Unstuck in Your Career with Dr. Kemi Doll
  • 9:10am - AWS Fellowship Grant Report, "An injectable biomaterial for transplant tolerance."
  • 9:25am - Pivots Panel
  • 10:25am - Art Therapy 
  • 10:40am - Networking Break and Exhibit Hall Open
  • 11:20am - AJS Top Papers
  • 12:00pm - Mid-Career Transitions
  • 12:45pm - Business Meeting and Lunch
  • 2:00pm - Networking Break and Exhibit Hall Open
  • 3:15pm - Parallel Tracks
    • Track A: Artificial Intelligence
    • Track B: Taming Toxicity
    • Track C: Surgeons as Entrepreneurs
  • 4:45pm - Art Therapy
  • 5:00pm - International Panel
  • 6:00pm - Wine & Cheese Reception

Saturday, October 19 

  • 7:30am - Wellness Activity
  • 8:00am-1:00pm - High School Outreach Program
  • 8:00am - Continental Breakfast & Committee Meetings
  • 9:00am - Workshops
    • Workshop A: Creative Writing 
    • Workshop B: Navigating the Glass Cliff
  • 10:30am - Break
  • 10:45am - Workshops
    • Workshop A: Personal Branding
    • Workshop B: Negotiation
  • 12:15pm - Lunch
  • 7:00pm - Medical Student/Resident Reception

Sunday, October 20 

  • 2:00pm to 5:00pm - AWS Coaching Session (invitation only)
  • 7:30pm to 10:00pm - AWS Foundation Awards Dinner and Gala

Monday, October 21

  • 7:00am - Networking Breakfast and Diversity Panel



Early bird rates end July 31 

AWS Members

  • Physician: $285
  • Student/Resident: $99
  • International Physician: $120


  • Physician: $335
  • Student/Resident: $115
  • International Physician: $140

Saturday Workshops

  • Workshops are $25 per session

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kemi Doll

Dr. Kemi Doll is a physician, surgeon, researcher, advocate and coach. In her own career, Dr. Doll is fellowship-trained gynecologic oncologist and health services researcher. She started her faculty position in 2016 and skyrocketed to the top of her field in her work to transform the research on racial disparities in endometrial cancer. She has received grants from the NIH, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among others. Dr. Doll’s work has been featured in multiple national media outlets including The New York Times, Good Morning America, NPR, and BET. She is the co-founder of ECANA: The Endometrial Cancer Action Network for African Americans and the Founding Director of The Gynecologic Research and Cancer Equity (GRACE) Center.

Dr. Doll is also founder and CEO of KD Coach LLC, an exclusive coaching company for women of color in academic medicine. KD Coach LLC has coached over 150 women who have transformed their careers and secured millions of dollars in grant funding and institutional support.

As the host of the Your Unapologetic Career Podcast, Dr. Doll sheds on light on common challenges that face high-achievers in academic medicine and effective strategies to walk away from institutional mindset and towards nourishing and fulfilling careers. With over 12,000 Twitter followers and a spirited presence on Instagram, she uses multiple mediums to spread her messages of empowerment far and wide.

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Become a Conference Sponsor

The AWS Annual Conference is the perfect platform for your organization to make new contacts, increase brand awareness and promote your initiatives. Through our sponsor opportunities, you will expand the reach of your products and services among healthcare’s most influential practitioners. Click below to review visibility options and support women surgeons today!

AWS Support Prospectus
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Hotel Information

AWS is pleased to announce that the 2024 Annual Conference and 2024 AWSF Awards Dinner & Gala will be hosted at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis! This luxury hotel channels the vibrant cultures of the SoMA neighborhood and reflects the creative energies of the City by the Bay. We look forward to hosting our annual meeting in this gorgeous space!

All room reservations in San Francisco should be made through the American College of Surgeons (ACS) room block for the 2024 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.

Parking: If you are driving to the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, valet parking is available at the hotel for $91.20 per night.

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Become a Starr Poster Reviewer

Apply by May 30

Are you interested in becoming an AWS Starr Poster reviewer? Click below to apply! Assist AWS in selecting abstracts to be presented by students, residents, and fellows at the 2024 AWS Annual Conference. Reviewers are given approximately 10-15 abstracts and score them according to a predetermined rubric. Scores will be due in June.

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