Call for nominations for Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

The call for nominations for the annual Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award, to be presented at Clinical Congress 2021, is open. You are encouraged to nominate a woman surgeon who has made a mark on your life and career. Nominations are due May 28, 2021.

The award will be presented in recognition of an individual’s significant contributions to the advancement of women in the field of surgery. Individuals for consideration must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Nominees must have demonstrated a commitment to the advancement and inspiration of women in surgery.
  • Nominees must be members of the American College of Surgeons, either in active practice or retired.
  • Current members of the Women in Surgery Committee (WiSC) are not eligible to be nominated for this award (view the current roster for the WiSC).
  • If selected, attend Clinical Congress to accept the award on Sunday evening at Convocation.

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 surgeryn up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee
  • Self-nominations are acceptable and should include a letter of reference
  • The WiSC will notify the award recipient and nominator no later than June 30, 2021.

For more information on the award and the required documentation, and to submit a nomination, visit the Dr. Mary Edwards Walker Inspiring Women in Surgery Award web page.

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.

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