Women Surgeons

ACS Women in Surgery Committee

The mission of the ACS Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) is to enable women surgeons of all ages and practice types to develop their individual potential as professionals; promote an environment that fosters inclusion, respect, and success; develop, encourage, and advance women surgeons as leaders; and provide a forum and networking opportunities to enhance women’s surgical career satisfaction.

The committee meets four times each year—twice in person at the Leadership & Advocacy Summit and at the Clinical Congress, and then via conference calls. The subcommittees meet regularly via conference call. Listen to a podcast about WiSC

ACS Women in Surgery Committee Activities

The ACS WiSC includes representatives from a variety of specialties, medical students, and representatives from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Board of Governors, Resident and Associate Society, Young Fellows Association, the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS), and the Women in Neurosurgery. The committee is comprised of six subcommittees.

Recent ACS Statements developed by the committee include the Statement on the Importance of Parental Leave, the Statement on Gender Salary Equity, and the Statement on Intimate Partner Violence

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Women in Surgery Committee Mentorship Program for Women Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Women in Surgery Committee offers a year-long Mentorship Program for women surgeons with less than 5 years in practice. The program focuses on offering mentorship in a variety of areas including career development, research goals, work-life balance, practice development, transition to practice, and leadership development. Mentees are paired with the best possible mentor who is an established female Fellow of the College. The mentorship program is 1-year in duration, beginning in October each year and concluding the following October.

The WiSC Mentorship Program opens its application process in early Spring of each year for mentees and mentors. The Program includes a maximum of 30 mentor/mentee pairs. Applicants for mentorship must be an ACS Fellow or Associate Fellow, or currently in the process of applying for ACS Fellowship with less than 5- years of practice. Mentor applicants must be an established female Fellow of the College with experience and knowledge in various areas of mentorship.

The Program requires a commitment to the following:

  • Meet on a regular basis for 1:1 mentorship sessions (as agreed upon between mentor-mentee)
  • Attend the Program kickoff event
  • Attend 2 virtual gatherings with entire cohort (4 offered throughout the year)

If you have questions, please contact Jenny Mohan at jmohan@facs.org.

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