How sick, toxic, and broken is America for African Americans? The medical community’s lack of response to urgently deal with racism is felt to be hypocritical with the name of caregiver. As a Black female orthopedic surgeon, less than 2% in the nation, I was trained to fix broken things. Racism in America is not…

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Paying it Forward to Women in Orthopedics Sonya Sloan, M.D. I have learned to appreciate the saying, “If you want to hear God laugh, then make a plan.” When it came to my aspirations to become a doctor and a surgeon, God’s sense of humor was in over drive. No one looked like me in residency. No…

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“You cannot have your cake and eat it too.” This age-old adage seems to have been thrust upon women specifically, despite historic changes in women’s rights. Women now live in a time of empowerment in which we can have our cake and eat it too. Better yet, we can have it all. As a female…

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Every September, the American Medical Association recognizes women in medicine. My company celebrated the month by hosting a group of 10 female locum tenens physicians in our office for a few days to talk about what it’s like to be a woman in medicine, how the field has changed, and what they anticipate for the future. The…

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Empathy…it is one thing to take care of a patient — to diagnosis, prescribe medications, and operate on them — but being the patient is a whole other animal. I know this experience, firsthand. During my residency, I discovered that it was going to be very difficult to have children due to an unforeseen medical…

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My mom, a Registered Nurse, is the primary reason I went into medicine. As a young girl from small town USA, I never saw a female physician, let alone an African-American one. As I continue to pursue my interest in medicine, the advice she always told me was, “Respect everyone”.  She would say, “Unfortunately, a…

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