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. 

  • March 12 at 8pm ET
  • May 14 at 8pm ET
  • July 9 at 8pm ET
Register Here


AWS High School Outreach Event

April 13 at 2pm ET

The AWS Medical Student Committee is hosting a 2024 ASW High School Outreach Event, "Life-Saving Artistry: The Work of a Surgeon," in April. This event is geared toward introducing young women to the rewarding field of surgery and medicine at large. 

Attention AWS Members! If you are a resident, fellow, or surgeon interested in volunteering for this event as a speaker or panelist, please contact us at [email protected]. We want to hear from you!

Register Here


AWS Publications Committee Webinars

The AWS Publications Committee is pleased to offer a series of virtual programs in 2024. 


  • May 8 at 7:30pm ET: Using Pens Not Knives, led by Amy Vertrees 
  • August 14 at 7:30pm ET: Finding Your Job, led by Sophie Dream
  • October 9 at 7:30pm ET: Effective Oral Presentations, led by Maureen O'Shaughnessy

Register Now


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: TBD

View Articles & Curriculum


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!