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The mission of the 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

Opportunities with WiSC 

Committee Openings

The WiSC is seeking candidates to fill two vacancies on the committee beginning in October 2019. Applications are due by May 31.

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Mentorship Program for Women Surgeons

The ACS is seeking applications from women surgeons who would like to apply for the Mentorship Program for Women Surgeons. This is an opportunity for early career female surgeons (less than five years in practice) to develop a mentoring relationship with an established female Fellow of the College. Applications are due April 30.

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Committee Activities

The 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 Community

The ACS Community allows you to connect, engage, and share information with your fellow members. You can share best practices, ask advice, and share your experiences. Check out the latest discussions in your community!


Women in Surgery Committee Roster

2019 Women in Surgery Committee

ACS Staff

Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS
Bradley Elliott, CAE
Carol Christian

The Women in Surgery Committee welcomes your input. Please email your comments to

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