Abhinav Sharma, MD

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Abhinav Sharma, MD
Resident Physician
University of California
Irvine, CA

Why did you join AAOS?

AAOS is the preeminent organization for orthopaedic surgeons in all stages of training. From the networking events to the opportunities to learn about the latest developments in the field, there is something for everyone. Joining an organization that is committed to advancing the field of orthopaedic surgery, advocating for its members, and enhancing patient care was a no-brainer for me.

Do you currently volunteer with a committee? If yes, which one(s)?

AAOS Resident Assembly Delegate for the University of California, Irvine
AAOS Resident Assembly Innovation Committee

How do you define success?

Success is subjective and has a different meaning depending on the person you ask. My personal definition involves striving to be the best version of myself (both personally and professionally) while living a life without regrets and helping put smiles on others’ faces.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My biggest inspirations are my parents and mentors. My parents have worked relentlessly to provide opportunities for my siblings and me to excel. Dr. Frank Petrigliano, Dr. Robert Klapper, and Dr. Jonathan Vigdorchik have taken me under their wings and provided invaluable mentorship that continues to guide me. Also, the orthopaedic surgeons at UC Irvine, who have given me the distinct privilege of training and learning how to be a clinician and surgeon, inspire me daily with their displays of compassion, empathy, and surgical skill.

How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?

The first AAOS meeting I attended was the 2017 meeting held in San Diego. I had the opportunity to participate in the medical student session and learn more about the residency application process. Over the years, I have taken advantage of the professional development resources the Academy offers to members in various stages of their careers, having viewed numerous Orthopaedic Video Theater videos, read many issues of the JAAOS journal, and attempted countless study questions in the ResStudy question bank. Going forward, I know my engagement with the Academy will continue to increase, as I look forward to being more actively involved as an AAOS Resident Assembly Delegate on behalf of my training program.

What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?

The AAOS has an abundance of resources available for orthopaedic surgeons from all different backgrounds and levels of training. Do not hesitate to reach out to fellow members for possible mentorship and research collaboration, and make sure to take full advantage of the educational content that the Academy has to offer.

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

I have lived in six U.S. states and abroad in Malaysia!