In 2018, The University of Utah’s Department of Orthopaedics and Office of Health Equity and Inclusion and the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) launched the Women in Academic Orthopaedics Summer Internship. This internship is open to women medical students who have completed their first year of medical school in good standing and are interested in an in-depth orthopaedic surgery experience. During the summer, the student works at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center/Shriner’s Hospital alongside experienced female and male orthopaedic surgeons and mentors in the clinic and the operating room. The student then prepares and presents a poster at the Annual AMWA Meeting.
Alyssa Thorman is a second year medical student at the University of Utah. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Utah in biochemistry with an emphasis in cell and molecular biology. Her research interests include pediatric orthopaedics specifically involving medically fragile and neurologically impared patients. She is the founder and president of her medical school’s community garden and is currently working to address food insecurity among medical students. In her free time she enjoys swimming and coaching a local high school team as well as running with her dog.