The goal of the JWSS Mentorship program is to foster one-on-one relationships between medical students and surgical residents or attendings. Our hope is that the medical student can turn to the resident or Attending for advice on navigating medical school, including general tips for the pre-clincal year, as well as how to excel during their surgical rotations during the PCE next fall. Moreover, the medical student may look to the mentor for shadowing and/or research opportunities (not necessarily with the mentor him or herself, but with other individuals whom the mentor might suggest to the medical student to reach out to, as well). The JWSS Mentorship program will therefore really be quite informal, and it will really be up to the mentee and mentor how often they want to meet up for coffee or to chat, etc. Our overarching goal is simply to provide medical students with a senior individual for support in the surgical field.
Surgical Skills Training
JWSS offers several surgical skills workshops throughout the academic year. The purpose of these workshops is to teach HMS students practical surgical skills, such as basic knot tying and suturing, along with the theory behind the use of each technique. These surgical skills workshops are taught either at the medical school or at Brigham and Women's Hospital's STRATUS (Simulation, Training, Research, and Technology Utilization System) and are taught by surgical attendings and trainees.
The flagship event of the John Warren Surgical Society is the annual banquet. This event is aimed at incoming first year medical students to introduce them to the broader community of surgeons at HMS and provide the opportunity to identify potential mentors early in their students careers. The format of the event is a catered dinner for approximately 110 students and 30 surgeons. The banquet features inspirational keynote speakers, a chance to engage with like-minded peers, and a chance to network with the surgical community through a round robin "meet the surgeons".
The JWSS lunch hour series features speakers from the broader Harvard community. Topics range from surgical specialty exploration, innovation in surgery, and panels with 4th years who have matched into surgical specialties.