Women in Surgery
Women in Surgery is a national initiative dedicated to encouraging, enabling and inspiring women to fulfil their surgical career ambitions.
In this section you can find statistics, event information and details on the history and work of Women in Surgery. We also have a range practical guidance on issues that often affect women in the workplace.
Connect with other women trainees and surgeons
Women in Surgery (WinS) is a free network you can join to make contact with a range of women surgeons, from medical students to consultants.
Opportunities for our members in 2019
This year we have a number of opportunities available that will enable you to become more involved with the RCS and Women in Surgery. From 8 March you can apply for:
Applications are now open for:
Our mission and goals
To be a successful female surgeon doesn't always mean being famous or needing to be at the top of the class. In surgery, being one of the women who changes the percentage of female surgeons makes you an inspiration. The ratio of male to female consultant surgeons in the UK is approximately 8:1 and our Women in Surgery network is on a mission to improve that further. We aim to:
- Raise the profile of women in surgery.
- Work towards an understanding of the issues facing women in surgery.
- Encourage attitudinal change ensuring women are seen as an integral part of the profession.
- Provide advice, guidance and pastoral support for those women already in surgery or considering entering it.
- Showcase the varied lifestyles of female surgeons e.g. less than full time training and working.
- Support the Women in Surgery network.
To achieve these goals, we work with a number of related organisations and bodies to highlight the issues affecting women in surgery and to facilitate change in attitudes and practices to ensure that all of the best candidates can succeed in surgery. In addition to this, we work to ensure female surgeons are represented positively in the media and to as wide an audience as possible.
Membership of the Women in Surgery network is free and includes a range of benefits including information and advice on many topics affecting female surgeons, a directory of contacts and local and national events.
Keep up to date with news and events and connect with thousands of women on our Facebook page.
For all RCS related news, including Women in Surgery updates, you can also follow us on Twitter.
Contact the RCS careers team
Please email email@example.com for any queries related to careers in surgery and getting involved with our outreach activities.
Thank you for your query. We will endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible; usually this is within a few days.
Telephone (0)20 7869 6212 to talk to a member of the team.
We are able to answer calls Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm