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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award

About the Award

The Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award is named in honor of Mary Edwards Walker, MD (1832–1919), for her exemplary inspiration as the first female surgeon employed by the U.S. Army and the only woman ever to receive the Medal of Honor—the highest U.S. Armed Forces decoration for bravery. After the Civil War, Dr. Walker devoted her life to supporting women's suffrage and was a frequent lecturer on health care, temperance, and women’s rights. Most notably, Dr. Walker was unwavering in her commitment to service to her country and surgical profession, and repeatedly excelled in the face of significant adversity. Through Dr. Walker’s example of perseverance, excellence, and pioneering behavior, she paved the way for female surgeons of today.

How to Nominate

To submit a nomination for the Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award, please follow the link below. Nominations must be submitted by 12:00 pm, CT on Friday, May 20, 2022.

Award Eligibility

The nominee must demonstration significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery and meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to the advancement and inspiration of women in surgery.
  • Must be a member of the American College of Surgeons; either in active practice or retired.
  • Current members of the Women in Surgery Committee are not eligible to be nominated for this award. Please review the WiSC roster to confirm your nominee is not a Committee Member.
  • If selected, attend Clinical Congress to accept the award in-person on Sunday evening at Convocation

Required Documents for Nominations

All nominations must include the following documents:

  • One letter of nomination outlining how the nominee has contributed to the advancement of women in the field of surgery.
    • Please do not solicit and submit additional letters of reference and/or support for your nomination. One letter of nomination is sufficient.
  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee—not to exceed 5 pages.
  • Self-nominations are acceptable and should include a letter of reference.

Award Notification

The Women in Surgery Committee notifies the award recipient and nominator no later than June 30, 2022.

Contact Us

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

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