Women in Surgery

It is a well-known fact that despite over half of all medical students being women, the proportion of consultant female surgeons is very low. Women in Surgery (WinS) is a branch of the Royal College of Surgeons set up to encourage girls and women to consider and progress to a career in surgery.

Women in Surgery’s mission is to encourage, enable and inspire women to fulfil their surgical ambitions and their aims are:


  • To raise the profile of women in surgery

  • To work towards an understanding of the issues facing women in surgery

  • To encourage attitudinal change ensuring women are seen as an integral part of the profession

  • To provide advice, guidance and pastoral support for those women already in surgery or considering entering it

  • To support the WinS network


So if you are a woman who wants to pursue a surgical career or who is just interested in finding out more, you can access the WinS site at:


It is free to register with WinS and you can do so at the following link:



Being a member will allow you access to the latest WinS news and updates through their regular newsletter. There are also annual conferences run by WinS which allow you to talk with other women in surgery or aspiring students/doctors.

If you have any queries about WinS then feel free to email Charlotte Thompson (hyct@hyms.ac.uk) who is the WinS representative on SurgSoc.


Other useful sites:

http://www.medicalwomensfederation.org.uk/ - UK medical women’s federation

https://www.womensurgeons.org/home/index.asp - American association of women surgeons.

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