Dayra Williams, MD

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Why did you join AAOS?

I decided to join the AAOS because it is one of the most important institutions for specialized education in orthopaedic surgery. It’s focus is to offer Members continuous updates on new findings, methodologies and research on specialized topics of the musculoskeletal systems by offering a variety of training mechanisms ranging from annual meetings, scientific publications or online learning.

How do you define success?

Success represents the integral formation as a professional who is guided by high ethical standards in the doctor-patient relationship and in his/her relationships with other colleagues. A successful professional must pay attention to his/her mental health, keep themselves constantly updated on maintaining a healthy life that construe fossa reference to his/her patients or colleagues.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

I am my own inspiration. My inspiration is to be a health professional who can lead a team with respect, empathy and kindness. Why? Since my period as a medical student and in my different formative stages, I have observed situations where prejudices and stereotypes have a lot of weight, where machismo is imposed in the approach to the issues of female professionals, where the importance of mental health issues of the members of the service is reduced and avoids to give a comprehensive approach to solve each of these issues. Without this representing a demotivation, I prefer to use it as a motivation to be part of the transformation of the system.

What do you love most about AAOS?

I love the orthopaedic video theater resource, where there are divisions according to areas of interest such as adult reconstruction hip, adult reconstruction for the knees, hands, and wrists. The capacity to network with professionals with whom I share visions and allow collaboration schemes, in addition to the recent addition of the podcast section that allows us to take advantage of resources based on our own ways of learning.

What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?

I recommend new Members to use all the benefits that AAOS offers us for the continuing education of our specialty. Use the platform for networking that allows us to open ourselves to new learning or collaborations, and use our learning for the benefit of our patients, institutions and country.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?

One fun fact is that I live in a house with several pets that are predatory towards each other, plants and people that are very different from each other. The reason why after several years there has not been a tragedy is because there exists a capacity for co-existence and respect. Just as a hospital should be, where our differences shouldn’t turn it into a chaotic place where the patients or our colleagues don’t have the opportunity to have a good time. A word of advice, when motivation runs out, it is our discipline that leads us to success.