Jessica Schmerler, BS

Jessica Schmerler, BS
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
Member Since: 2023

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
AAOS has been a huge part of my career progression through my attending the Annual Meeting each year since my MS1 year. This has allowed me to not only present my work but make incredible connections with peers and mentors that I know will be part of my career in many ways over the years to come.

As a Medical Student Member, which AAOS resources do you use most and why?
The AAOS resources I use most are the access to JAAOS, through which I can stay up to date on the latest research in the field, the newsletters, which keep me apprised of goings-on, interesting articles, and more, and the medical student panels, where I've gotten great advice as I progress through my journey to orthopaedic surgery residency.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
The best advice I was ever given was from my figure skating coach when I was about eight or nine years old. She told me that if I looked at the ground, I'd fall down, but if I looked up and where I wanted to be, that was where I'd go. Although practical at the moment, it's always stuck with me as a reminder to keep my eyes on the horizon and shoot for anything I can set my sights on.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
My go-to productivity trick is to listen to myself when I need a break and be flexible, rather than trying to schedule everything to the minute. Trying to push through when my mind is wandering just results in me taking longer for anything I'm trying to do. If I catch myself in those moments, I can take a quick mental break and come back refreshed and far more efficient and productive.

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
One thing I'm currently trying to make a habit is making a list of three highlights from the day at the end of each day. I've found that it helps me focus on the things I should be grateful for as the day comes to a close, rather than ruminating on any negatives. Overall, this helps me keep a more positive attitude, appreciate the small things, and always find a silver lining.

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
Some of my hobbies at home include baking and needlepointing, and when I get out of the house, I love to figure skate, play tennis, and ski.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
A fun fact about me is that I have seen over fifty French films and am an absolute Francophile in general!