Be Your Own Editor


This year, I learned that to have success and fulfillment, you don’t just DO, sometimes you have to UNDO. 


What do I mean by that? The process of undoing - or editing - it a key part of different areas of our lives. For example, we edit in medicine all the time. Think about the medical student’s SOAP note: the subjective story, the objective findings, the assessment and the plan. Imagine what a novel that daily note would be if in the subjective, details that weren’t pertinent to the current problem were included. “Mrs. S complains of shoulder pain, but likes mint chip ice cream over plain vanilla, and has a neighbor who has a dog named Scrappy.”  You may notice that the resident’s note is shorter than the medical student, and the attending’s note is even shorter. There is a reason that as we rise in the ranks of our medical training, our notes get shorter and more succinct. We edit. Even in surgery, as our skills...

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Path to Orthopaedics

the surgeon's path Jun 03, 2019

As a female orthopaedic surgeon, I am often asked how I ended up in this field. Although seeing women in orthopaedic surgery is becoming more common, we are still make up only 6% of the orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S.

I actually had no idea what orthopedic surgery was before medical school. In fact, I started medical school thinking I would be an internist, but it really didn't take me very long to realize how wrong I was. It became progressively clear as we approached clinical rotations as third year medical students who the “surgical: and “non-surgical” types were, with me clearly falling in the former.

Between the first and second years of medical school, a family friend offered me the opportunity to shadow in his total joint replacement practice. Rather than just spend a day or two with him, I spent a few weeks. During that time, I had the opportunity to see many facets of what it means to be an orthopaedic surgeon. I spent time in the operating room,...

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Dr. Mommy - How Do I Balance Being a Mom and an Orthopaedic Surgeon

the surgeon's path May 30, 2019

No one ever said parenthood was easy! Now combine that with a career as an orthopaedic surgeon and there are sure to be some challenges. Fortunately, it IS possible! I receive many questions from hopeful future surgeons about parenthood and a career in surgery. Here, I talk about my own experience. 

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the surgeon's path May 20, 2019


I’m an orthopaedic surgeon...but if you told me I’d be here when I graduated from college, I’d be laughing at you!  When I got started in college, I thought I was going to be a premed and apply to medical school. It was not a well-thought-out decision. I thought that this was what good Chinese-American children do...grow up to become doctors. It became clear that this goal was parent-driven and not my own.

At UCLA as a new freshman, I walked into my very first class, Bio 101, or whatever it was called back then. Although I came from a medium-sized high school, it sure was shocking to walk into a class of 600 other students, all vying for the premed track. Although I enjoyed biology, I very quickly got weeded out of this class.  Indeed, these were called the “weeder” classes for a reason. Now, here I am, freshman in college with what I thought was going to be a well-defined plan, without direction.

So I decided to take classes that just...

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My Personal Path to Orthopaedic Surgery

the surgeon's path May 16, 2019

Have you ever wondered how one goes about choosing their specialty after medical school? I talk here about how I discovered this specialty, and my own path to orthopaedic surgery and discovering my inner renaissance woman!

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Uncategorized May 06, 2019


It took me a long time to put a name to what I was feeling. Only recently had I started to read about Imposter Syndrome. I've had this feeling multiple times throughout my life and it always had the potential to pull me backwards instead of allowing me to propel forward towards my goals.

I had this feeling when I made it into college, then again in medical school. Even when I got out into practice, taking care of patients, I had that fear. Part of me was in awe of how far I had come, but the voice inside would tell me “They are going to find you out. You are a fraud.” Not because I really was. I legitimately studied, got the good grades, got the good test scores, impressed my attending surgeons, aced the interviews and made my way into medical school, residency, fellowship, and beyond. But this fear was still there and would occasionally rear its ugly head. It never quite goes away, but when I discovered a name for it and when I discovered that I was not the only...

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Sports Medicine for Women: How About Those Knees?

bone and joint health May 02, 2019

Dr. Breanne Brown and I sit down at Providence Park, where the MLS Timbers plan, to have a Facebook Live chat on women and knee conditions. We talk about ACL injuries, arthritis, and more!

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The Non-Traditional Path...Any Regrets?

the surgeon's path Apr 25, 2019

I took a non-traditional path to medicine, taking a few years off after my undergraduate degree at UCLA. I'm often asked - any regrets? Here in this video I talk about what I would do different, if I could go back in time. 

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An Orthopaedic Surgeon's Typical Week

the surgeon's path Apr 11, 2019

Have you ever been curious what a private practice orthopaedic surgeon's week is? I am in a small private group of three surgeons, and we each offer our own niches, mine being sports and arthroscopy (I like to think of myself as a shoulder geek, in particular!). Here's a short video on my average week. 

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What is a Ladypod?

the surgeon's path Mar 28, 2019

Women are underrepresented in the field of orthopaedic surgery - with recent statistics putting women at about 6% of all orthopaedic surgeons in the U.S. As a result, it can be difficult for aspiring surgeons to identify and connect with others who look like them. 

The term "ladypod" was coined to describe a lady or female orthopedic surgeon (aka orthopod), and four such women got together at a recent national meeting to sit down and talk about the experience of being a woman in orthopaedic surgery. Certainly there are challenges, but this video shows how we have addressed those challenges, being productive orthopaedic surgeons while balancing family and personal life. 

Take a look at the video below to see how Drs. Nancy Yen Shipley, Karen Sutton, Pamela Mehta and Jennifer Weiss represent different subspecialties in orthopaedic surgery, and inspire future doctors with their unique experiences in medicine.



You can find these ladypods online here:


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