The work of the Women in Surgery Committee is conducted through the following subcommittees.
The primary goal of the subcommittee is to coordinate the nomination of “worthy women” for leadership positions with ACS and for ACS awards, including awards sponsored by the Association of Women Surgeons and other appropriate surgical organizations, and manage the Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Award nomination process. Nominations are sought by the committee for the following ACS leadership positions and awards.
The award is named in honor of Dr. Mary Edwards Walker and is presented annually at the Clinical Congress in recognition of an individual's significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery. Dr. Walker volunteered to serve with the Union Army at the outbreak of the American Civil War and was the first female surgeon ever employed by the United States Army. Dr. Walker is the only woman to have ever received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest United States Armed Forces decoration for bravery. Through Dr. Walker's example of perseverance, excellence and pioneering behavior, she paved the way for woman surgeons of today.
Officers and Board of Regents Members
Manage the annual Mentorship Program.
Identify and submit proposals for presentation—including Courses, Panel Sessions, Meet the Expert Sessions, and Town Hall Sessions—at the annual Clinical Congress.
Provides resources for international women in surgery.
Supports the ACS in its efforts to address intimate partner violence and develop resources that focus on addressing aspects of empowerment including how to address incidents of discrimination, harassment, bullying, and other negative encounters and forms of aggression.
Continually evaluate the committee's composition to ensure broad representation, and to continuously evaluate and update the mission and goals to support the recruitment and retention of women surgeons in the ACS.
The purpose of the ACS Communities is to enhance the communication among Fellows of the College. The editors for the ACS Community for Women in Surgery have a responsibility to:
Participate in the ACS Women in Surgery Community.