I’m in my 4th year of residency, so about three 3 ½ years
Can you tell us about a poignant time in your career?
Matching into my residency program has been a highlight of my path in medicine thus far. The application process for residency is long and nerve-wracking, but the sense of accomplishment you feel when you find out where you matched and will be starting your career is unforgettable.
What’s a piece of advice you would give your younger self before starting this journey?
I would tell myself to just keep going. It's a long journey with constant challenges. There are plenty of times when you will struggle and doubt yourself, but you come out stronger on the other side when you push through. It’s so worth it.
What does taking care of yourself look like?
For me, taking care of myself means going to the gym, trying to get as much sleep as I can, allowing myself the time to do activities I enjoy, and spending time with family and friends.
What is the future of healthcare that you want to see?
What I would say, being a female in orthopedics, is that I would like to see more women in surgery. Right now I think women make up less than 15% of the field, and I would love to see that number go up - not just in orthopedic surgery, but in surgical specialties in general.
I think one of the biggest challenges healthcare professionals face is always wanting to put other people first. We have to remind ourselves that in order to be able to do the best job taking care of others, we need to take care of ourselves too. That's something we don’t do as much as we should.