Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee. She is passionate about sharing her path to medicine with others, in particular the next generation of future physicians. She writes and speaks on these topics in addition to bone and joint issues, and produces and hosts the top podcast The 6% with NancyMD. As a mother and a surgeon, she is a mentor and champion for women and diversity in surgical specialties, and brings awareness to this through speaking engagements and an active online presence.
We hear her story of taking a 6-year hiatus before applying to medical school. She had an interesting path working in sales and marketing in the snowboarding industry and dabbling with a family company in Chinese medicine, including course work in acupuncture, before making the decision to go to medical school.
–The 6% with NancyMD podcast: The 6% is a podcast dedicated to women thriving in traditionally male-dominated fields. As a female orthopaedic surgeon, she belongs to the 6% that are women in this field – and thus the inspiration for the title. She’s in season 3 of the podcast and focuses on inspiring stories of women who are thriving in male-dominated fields, and how they were able to realize their goals and overcome the challenges that they’ve faced. Listen to The 6% wherever you find podcasts.
-Her involvement in SpeakUp Ortho. It’s a platform that shares anonymous stories of bias and inequity. They also share positive stories of where good efforts have been made on making the workplace equitable in orthopedics.
-Her work with AAOS PR and their Social Media Task Force.
-Importance of your personal brand as an orthopedic surgeon. It’s also important to identify your personal core values to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
Find out more about Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley here.