Caroline Y. Scott, MD, FRCSC

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Caroline Y. Scott, MD, FRCSC 
Orthopaedic Surgeon
Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Why did you join AAOS?

I joined AAOS as a resident to use the educational resources to prepare for cases, rounds, and board exams. Apart from that, many of my friends in orthopaedics are regular meeting attendees and I look forward to getting together with them at the Annual Meeting (at least pre-pandemic).

How do you define success?

Success is having two kids under two in bed by 7pm (and them staying asleep). All joking aside success means doing your best each day to provide value to your patients’ and family’s lives.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My parents are my biggest inspiration as they work hard to balance family and professional life. They are kind people who treat others with empathy and respect. My dad is a lawyer and truly cares about doing the right thing for his clients, friends, and family. My mom is also an orthopaedic surgeon who is a trail blazer and continues to be one of the best surgeons I have ever worked with.

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?

AAOS is a staple of continuing medical education. I review the JAAOS monthly when it arrives at my house; I look up papers focused on my current patients' surgical needs; and I utilize the courses, both in-person and online, to challenge myself when I feel I need a refresher. The AAOS Annual Meeting serves as an "orthopaedic bootcamp" both academically and socially to reconnect with mentors and fellow surgeons.

What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?

Utilize the resources by planning out your meeting curriculum ahead of time. Check out the online material, which can be engaging and fun like some of the topic-based quizzes. Finally, book your hotel room and some dinner reservations well ahead of the Annual Meeting!

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

I was captain of the Cornell Women's Ice Hockey team my senior season. Go Big Red!