The award will be presented in recognition of an individual’s significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery.
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) has announced the call for nominations for this year’s Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award, which will be presented at Clinical Congress 2020 in Chicago, IL.
The award will be offered in recognition of an individual’s significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery. Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement and inspiration of women in surgery and be members of the ACS, either in active practice or retired. Members of the WiSC are not eligible for this award.
The awardee is expected to attend Clinical Congress 2020 to accept the award in person.
How to nominate
All nominations must be accompanied by the following documents:
- A letter of nomination outlining how the nominee has contributed to the advancement of women in the field of surgery
- An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee
- Self-nominations are acceptable and should include a letter of reference
The awardee will be notified of his/her selection by June 30. The award will be presented at Convocation Sunday, October 4. The awardee also will be recognized at the WiSC reception Monday, October 5, and will be a guest of the WiSC at the Association of Women Surgeons dinner that follows the reception.
Nominations, supporting materials, and any questions about the award should be e-mailed to Carol Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 31, 2020. More information about the award, including past winners, is available in the WiSC section of the ACS website.
About Mary Edwards Walker, MD
The Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award is named in honor of Mary Edwards Walker, MD, for her exemplary inspiration as the first female surgeon employed by the U.S. Army and the only woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. Armed Forces decoration for valor. After the U.S. 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 the 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 the women surgeons of today.