In this episode, Julie Samora, MD, PhD speaks about her journey to the greatest specialty in the world, orthopedics.  She and her husband, Dr. Quincy Samora, who is also an orthopedic surgeon started their family while she was still in medical school.  We talk about the challenges of balancing family and career aspirations.  It certainly has it’s ups and downs and it’s great to hear her candidly discuss the difficult situations that don’t always come to light, both in regards to family and residency as a female.  She is now a pediatric hand surgeon at Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, OH.  Dr. Samora is also very active in the advancement of female orthopedic surgeons through the Ruth Jackson Society and with the Perry Initiative.  This is a must-listen episode for students and residents alike.  There are a lot of pearls on orthopedic training as a female, the art of finding mentors, and how to foster a successful mentor/mentee relationship.