Guy Ball, DO

Guy Ball, DO
Sports Medicine Fellow
University of Massachusetts
Worcester, MA
Member Since: 2018

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
The AAOS has be instrumental in my development as a medical student, resident, and now fellow. It is a wonderful resource and tool. If a product is endorsed by the AAOS you know that it is backed by THE authority on orthopedics.

As a Fellowship Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
I currently use OKU 6 Sports Medicine, the Yellow Journal, as well as routinely listen to JAAOS Unplugged. Each of these offers an unmatched review of important topics as well as emerging techniques.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from? 
I have received countless pieces of advice from my parents and their guidance has shaped the man I am today. When I think about broadly applicable pieces of advice though I am drawn to 2 quotes…

  • Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. This is a paraphrased version of a quote from Randy Pausch in the book The Last Lecture. This quote has always resonated with me. I believe it perfectly explains the journey through residency, fellowship, and ultimately a lifelong career.
  • When the pressure is on, you don’t rise to the occasion – you fall to your highest level of preparation. Chris Voss

What’s your go-to productivity trick? 
My go-to productivity trick is to follow a routine as closely as possible. I like to set short- and medium-term goals and track my progress towards achieving them.

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
I am currently working on being more positive. The journey can feel like a grind at times and I believe happiness is a choice. I am working hard on choosing happiness.

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
I enjoy running and playing golf in my spare time.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
A fun fact about myself is I have 3 hole-in-one