Short communication| Volume 58, ISSUE 3, P364-365, April 2020

Proceedings from the Inaugural Conference of the Society of Women in Maxillofacial Surgery, 18th May 2019, Bristol


      The number of women studying in medical schools is increasing, and the relative proportion of female consultants in surgical and leadership roles is lagging behind, relatively, and so a new drive for promoting and supporting women in surgery has evolved. A part of this was the creation of the Society of Women in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. This short communication gives proceedings of the inaugural conference of SWiMS and discusses the need for greater promotion of women in the speciality (and the profession at large) and how the society has addressed the need for resilience and community in surgical training and beyond.


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