In the U.S., women make up just 5 percent of practicing orthopaedic surgeons and about 14 percent of orthopaedic residents.1 To facilitate mentorship, empowerment, and build a community for aspiring and thriving female surgeons, the Johnson & Johnson Institute and DePuy Synthes present “Dubs in Scrubs*” a podcast led by prominent female sports medicine surgeons.
The podcast features the stories and experiences of female orthopaedic and sports medicine clinicians who are paving the way and can serve as role models for medical students considering the specialty.
Throughout the series, leading female orthopaedic surgeons discuss how they navigate the challenges of their profession and share their passion for helping patients get back to the activities they love.In the episode, “Getting Back in the Game,” Dr. Amelia Wiggins,an Orthopaedic Surgeon with Wellington Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio,and her team of health professionals from the Women’s Health Center discuss how they provide a pathway for female patients to improve their overall well-being after injury.In the episode, “I Am Because You Are,” we hear from one of Dr. Wiggins’student-athlete patients who has undergone treatment using a multi-disciplinary approach and how she returned to sports successfully.
In the episode “Been There, Heard That,” five female surgeons seek to debunk common myths about the specialty, such as the need to be physically strong to perform specific surgical procedures or the belief that a career in orthopaedics can’t be balanced with having a family. In addition to Dr. Wiggins, we hear from Stephanie Muh, MD of Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit; Katherine J. Coyner, MD from the University of Connecticut Sports Medicine Program; Julie Dodds, MD in private practice in East Lansing, MI; and Karen Sutton, MD of the Hospital for Special Surgery.
“I would like to increase confidence in orthopedic surgeons, I would like to make the pathway a lot easier, and I think this is an amazing group of women who can get them there,” said Dr. Sutton.
In partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Institute, DePuy Synthes is committed to developing and inspiring the future leaders of tomorrow.
“DePuy Synthes is focused on innovation that goes beyond our products,” said Chris Kilburn-Peterson, Vice President of U.S. Sales & Marketing for Mitek Sports Medicine. “By collaborating with leading, female orthopaedic surgeons on professional development initiatives like this, we aim to increase diversity in this specialty, and that’s good for patients and the future of sports medicine care.”
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1according to the latest data from the Association of American Medical Colleges https://www.aamc.org/data-reports/workforce/interactive-data/active-phy…