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Tag: women in hand surgery

Words Are Powerful

By Sarah E. Ballatori, MD, MS “Hand Surgery is good for women. No matter what, the children run to the mother, not the father. It’s just human nature.” As a lesbian resident who is narrowing in on Hand Surgery as a potential career, this statement is, quite simply, irrelevant.   He did not have any malintent […]

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A Scene on Repeat

By Catarina Gulledge, MD “No one told me you were a lady doctor.” I heard variations of this comment multiple times from patients in my first couple months in practice. Each time I was taken aback. My photo was available online for them to review and my biography used she/her pronouns. There had been advertisements […]

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Balancing Home and Work

By Theresa O. Wyrick, MD I went to medical school thinking I would do pediatrics or OB/GYN because that was my perception of what women physicians did. I was in my third year of medical school and had just completed both of those clinical rotations and realized neither was my calling. I wanted to do […]

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Four Giants Behind Four Miracles

By Yoko Kishi, MD, PhD I appreciate being selected to write for the February edition of ASSH Perspectives. Looking back on my life, I realize that there were four miracles that led me to four great doctors. When I graduated from medical school in Japan, there were no opportunities for a woman doctor to become a […]

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How Did I Get Here?

By Lindsey Caldwell, MD When asked “How did you end up in orthopaedic surgery? And why hand surgery?” my answer usually goes something like this: sort of haphazardly. Having grown up in a non-medical family, there were no doctors (much less hand surgeons) to expose me to the field. Going to college I knew I […]

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Challenging but Rewarding

By Linda C. Cendales, MD National Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and society and it has been observed in the United States since 1987. The 2020 focus is on “Valiant Women of the Vote,” paying honor to the 100th anniversary of the confirmation of the 19th Amendment, which gave […]

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Learning from Giants

By Melinda M. Gardner, MD My father was a doctor and my mother a nurse, so medicine was a forgone conclusion for me. Fortunately, my husband and best friend was always there to help. In medical school clinical rotations, orthopedic surgery captivated my interest – both the subject matter and the residents and attending staff […]

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A Different Kind of Surgeon

By Andrea Halim, MD When I was a fourth year orthopedic resident, a new hand attending started, fresh out of fellowship. Dr. Felicity Fishman had completed a hand fellowship with an additional 9 months of pediatric hand surgery training. She came in with a bang. She demanded that residents be prepared for cases, and became […]

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Giants and Everyday Heroes

By Jessica Hanley, MD As a female hand surgeon early in my career, I can honestly say that I have always felt fully supported every step of the way and have been blessed with many incredible mentors, both male and female. However, even just a few decades ago, life as a female in surgery wasn’t always […]

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35 Years as a Female Orthopaedic Surgeon

By Senator Kay Kirkpatrick, MD When I chose orthopaedic surgery, I was the first female resident at the University of Louisville. Starting in 1981, I had a great experience as a resident and stayed to do my hand fellowship with Dr. Kleinert’s group. Interestingly 4 of the 16 fellows that year were women, 3 ortho […]

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