Stella Lee, MD, a fellow with the Orthopaedic Oncology Service, discusses her work in health care and how more women and girls can be encouraged to enter the sciences.
What do you like most about your job?
The surgeries are amazing, and I am continually in awe of how the human body is able to adapt.
How can we encourage more women and girls to enter the sciences?
Exposure to the field, including to women in that field. I remember a female medical student, who was undecided on a specialty, telling me that she never even considered orthopaedic surgery as a possibility until she worked with me. On a separate occasion, a young daughter of a male surgeon said to her father after meeting me, “I didn’t know women could be surgeons!” We still have a long way to go, even in 2018.
What is one piece of advice you would give a woman entering the field of medicine and/or healthcare?
Keep an open mind and do not limit yourself.
Has there been an influential woman in your life who supported or inspired you on your journey into health care/medicine?
I began doing research my first year of medical school with a female orthopaedic surgeon who became one of my greatest mentors. She was always supportive and worked to give me the most opportunity and exposure to the field early. It is so important to find a good mentor, whether female or male.
What advice do you have for women to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
A little healthy competition is great motivation, whether it is running a road race or participating in a yoga or spinning class where some of the people are more advanced than you. Push yourself!