Mary Kate Erdman, MD


Mary Kate Erdman, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Chicago Medical Center
Chicago, IL


How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
When attending the AAOS Annual Meetings as a medical student and a junior resident, I always found myself drawn to the posters and talks related to orthopaedic trauma. That exposure piqued my interest early and helped inspire my eventual career path.

As a Candidate Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
I often direct patients to OrthoInfo [] when they want to learn more about their conditions. It helps them avoid the questionable advice that comes from an open-ended internet search. My partners and I will also frequently reference the clinical practice guidelines to make sure our institutional protocols are appropriate and evidence-based.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
My fellowship director, Dave Barei, likes to say, "It's orthopaedic trauma- just try harder." That message always comes to mind when confronted with challenging cases.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
If I really need to focus on writing/editing, I close my email tabs and turn off notifications, so I don't get distracted with the *ding* of a new message. 

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
Dictating my operative reports ASAP!

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
It's Oscars season, so it's a great time to binge on good movies. Triangle of Sadness and Tar were my favorites this year.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
I like to repurpose orthopaedic implants into jewelry pieces. I have cannulated screws earrings, mini fragment plate necklaces, and a bracelet made from a reconstruction plate.