Dr. Parks led a clinical trial testing how the use of a shared decision-making tool affects the way that minority patients decide on knee pain treatment. While socioeconomic and racial disparities in healthcare are well known, how to address these issues is not well defined.
Claudia L. Thomas is not only America’s first Black female orthopedist, she was also the first woman to graduate from Yale University‘s Orthopedic Program and aided in recruiting the most of the minorities that have ever studied orthopedics at Johns Hopkins. Thomas credits her success to her mentors who helped guide her.
Having good mentors is essential to navigating the competitive application process for Orthopaedic Surgery residency. Mentors can share with you the nuisances of where to apply, where to rotate and how to conduct yourself on rotations and during interviews. Mentors also share valuable life lessons that, if followed, will allow you to become not only a better surgeon but a better person for your family and friends.