Thomas Jefferson University

Women in Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics is an exciting and fulfilling surgical specialty that allows physicians to improve the lives of patients of all ages, activity levels, and backgrounds. However, recent numbers show only 14 percent of orthopaedic residents are women, the least of any residency track, and a mere five percent of practicing orthopaedic attendings are women.


From left to right, Madeline Tadley MD, Cassandra Sanko MD, Lili Schindelar MD, Meghan Bishop MD, Alexis Williams MD, Danielle Ponzio MD, Jessi Phillips MD, Julie Shaner MD, Mila Furman PA-C, Talia Chapman MD, and Rachel Shakked MD

Thomas Jefferson University’s Orthopaedic Department has been a leader in training female orthopedists for decades, and is dedicated to continuing to attract a diverse and talented pool of residents. We feel patients receive the best care when their providers have varied backgrounds, and that fresh perspectives are essential in shaping how we, as a field, study and deliver orthopaedic care.


Filling the Pipeline


From left to right: Sommer Hammoud MD, Maggie Wright MD, and Brianna Fram MD. Dr. Hammoud is on the Board of Directors for the Perry Initiative

Jefferson’s Department of Orthopaedics is committed to increasing the number of women in orthopaedics. Our faculty and residents participate in initiatives for high school and college students through the Perry Initiative, in mentoring college and medical students through the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, and in bi-annual Women in Ortho events with student members of the medical school’s DePalma Orthopaedic Society. Additionally, the department sponsors twice-yearly Women in Ortho get-togethers for women residents, fellows, and faculty.



From let to right, Eve Hoffman MD, Talia Chapman MD, Ashley Bassett MD, Brianna Fram MD, and Cassandra Sanko MD

We are happy to say the number of women choosing orthopaedics is rising. Our program is proud to foster an unbiased and equitable training environment for all residents and fellows, male or female, and regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of identity.



Orthopaedics is a varied and fulfilling field. Thomas Jefferson University’s Department of Orthopaedics, in partnership with the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute, Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, delivers world-class training.

Our residency offers

  • Built-in exposure to world leaders in all 9 major orthopaedic subspecialties (Spine, Arthroplasty, Shoulder and Elbow, Hand, Foot and Ankle, Sports, Orthopaedic Oncology, Orthopaedic Trauma, and Pediatric Orthopaedics).
  • Early surgical experience and ample operative volumes
  • Research infrastructure, including IRB support, departmental statistician, and professional research staff, to facilitate efficient and meaningful resident research
  • Highly-competitive annual stipends
  • Major city location with thriving food and arts scenes and easy access to beaches, forests, and neighboring metropolitan areas.

We do hope you will consider Thomas Jefferson University’s Orthopaedic Residency in your journey into the field of orthopaedics. We look forward to the opportunity to meet you.