Mikaela Bankston, BA

Mikaela Bankston, BA
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, TX

Why did you join AAOS?
I joined AAOS in order to gain insight into the newest research breakthroughs in orthopedic surgery, meet people in the field, and explore my desired future career. 

What are you looking forward to most about AAOS?
I am looking forward to learning more about AAOS, connecting with doctors within the field, and attending conferences in an effort to grow in my knowledge of orthopedics.

What interested you about orthopaedics?
I am interested in orthopedics because of the complexity of the procedures, the ability to actively problem solve, the potential for immediate results, and the unique contribution to patient quality of life that orthopaedic procedures provide. In addition to this, I appreciate the role that the principles of physics play in orthopedic problem solving.

What’s the best advice you were ever given? Who was it from?
My mother always told me that we fall, so that we know how to help others get up. This belief drives me to transform every experience and setback into an opportunity to better serve others which has impacted my philosophy towards mentorship and medicine. 

What’s your go-to productivity trick?
I am a firm believer in the pomodoro method. I modify it based upon my goals for the day and my capacity to focus. I usually do extended intervals so that I can fit in an episode of a show or a work out.

What’s one thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?
I am attempting to make reading at least 30 mins a daily habit. My energy  for leisurely reading definitely decreased once I started medical school,  but it is a form of self care that I want to make more time for. 

What hobbies do you enjoy in your spare time?
In my spare time, I enjoy playing guitar and piano, trying new recipes, building legos, volunteering with my local Junior League, taking long walks with my dog, and playing pickleball and tennis. 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
A fun fact about me is that I won a pig calling contest as a kid.