From a young age, Dr. Shakked knew she wanted to be a doctor and started medical school with an interest in pursuing medical oncology. As a third year, she did her surgery rotation with low expectations but ended up loving it and discovering the field of orthopaedics. After completing her fellowship in 2016, she is now a foot and ankle specialist at the Rothman Institute where she experiences a mix of both private and academic practice. This conversation was born from her desire to show students what life is like beyond medical school and residency, and the importance of living a balanced life. Dr. Shakked prioritizes spending time with her family that includes her husband, also an orthopaedic surgeon, and her two sons ages 5 and 2. We sat down to discuss what her life as an attending surgeon looks like now, how to cultivate mentorship, and the importance of time management and a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Hometown: Marlboro, NJ
College: Cornell University (B.S. Biology, Genetics), Ithaca, NY
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Residency: NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY
"A Day in the Life of an Orthopaedic Surgeon with Dr. Rachel Shakked,"
Bone Bulletin: Vol. 1:
1, Article 7.
Available at: https://jdc.jefferson.edu/bone_bulletin/vol1/iss1/7