Chukwuweike U. Gwam, MD

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Chukwuweike U. Gwam, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, PGY2
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center   
Winston Salem, NC

Why did you join AAOS?
AAOS is paramount for Orthopaedic Surgeons in training. AAOS provides educational resources to help train and hone the skillset and knowledge base. AAOS also provides a medium for which orthopaedic surgeons in training can network with other orthopaedic surgeon leaders. AAOS provides me with tools to reach my full potential as an orthopaedic surgeon. 


How do you define success?
I define success in the following four ways. First, the ability to identify a need, deficit, or an area for improvement. Second, formulating a plan to address the aforementioned. Third, executing and completing said plan while optimizing steps during the process. Finally, the ability to communicate said steps to others so that it is easy to comprehend and reproduce.


Who is your biggest inspiration and why?
My mother, Millicent Ijeh. She is an embodiment of faith, grit, patience, and persistence. I was taught at an early age the true definition of passion and drive. 


How has the AAOS helped you throughout your career?
AAOS provides virtual and in person methods to connect with thought leaders in the field for example, the AAOS Annual Meeting. AAOS provides educational resources such as ResStudy, JAAOS (particularly the review articles) and Orthopedic Video Theater.


What advice would you give to new members of AAOS?
Be sure to take advantage of all the available resources provided to you by AAOS.


Tell us a fun fact about yourself that not many people know?
I've played the piano and drums for over 15 years. I still play at various gigs when available.