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Women in Surgery/Association of Women in Surgery

Women in Surgery (attendings, residents and fellows) and the Association of Women in Surgery (student) are groups who meet throughout the year to socialize and foster relationships between current and potential women surgeons at University of Michigan. Through these relationships we hope to encourage and support female surgeons to reach both their professional and personal goals. Our mentorship program partners trainees and attendings in a small group setting to allow for more informal meetings and mentorship between members of the group. It is our goal that Women in Surgery continue the tradition of surgical excellence amongst females at Michigan as well as recruit future female leaders to UMHS.

The WIS group is headed by Dr. Dawn Coleman, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Section of Vascular Surgery with assistance from current resident, Dr. Meredith Barrett,.  The AWS group is headed by Dr. Jill Cherry Assistant Professor of Sorgery, Section of Acute Care Surgery with assistance from Jennifer Geiger, University of Michigan medical student,   For future events, the groups plans to hold journal clubs at the homes of faculty members, host lectures on interviewing, salary negotiations, work/life balance and career development as well as hold holiday gatherings and informal dinners in the homes of faculty members to build the mentor/mentee relationship.

Please contact Meredith Barrett or Jennifer Geiger  with any questions or for more information.

Future Events


        Thursday, January 12, 2017
        Joint WIS/AWS Winter Social
        Ann Arbor City Apartment Sky Lounge
        201 S. 1st St.
      7 - 9pm

        Thursday, February 23, 2017
        WIS "Women in Leadership"
        Dr. Boniakowski's Residence
        Time TBD        

        Wednesday, March 29, 2017
        WIS "How to Set Yourself Up for an Academic Surgery Job"
         110 S. Main St.
         6 - 8pm

Past events

Thursday, May 26, 2016
WIS Journal Club
Dr. Coleman's Residence
6 - 8pm

      Friday, December 11, 2015

 WIS Panel Discussion
 MCHC Auditorium (Old Mott)
 5 - 8pm

Thursday, August 6, 2015
WIS Kick-Off
Melange Lounge
312 S. Main Street
6 - 9pm

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
WIS Polarity Discussion
CVC Danto Auditorium
4:30 - 6:30pm

Faculty, residents and medical students mingle at the Women in Surgery gathering at Glass House Cafe.
Danielle Horne (left), House Officer 3, Dawn Coleman (center), Vascular Faculty, and Andrea Obi (right), House Officer 7, at the Women in Surgery gathering, Glass House Cafe.

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