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Janae Rasmussen, DO


Professional Designation:
Orthopedic Surgery Resident Physician

How long have you been a member of AOAO?
1 Year

Why did you join AOAO?
I am grateful to be training in orthopedics and for the many individuals who paved the way for osteopathic physicians like myself to feel included in the community. Like many of my peers and those who came before me, I faced negative comments about being an osteopathic medical student pursuing orthopedic surgery including some residency programs stating on their websites they would not consider osteopathic medical students or would charge higher rotation fees compared to allopathic medical students. Organizations like AOAO who advocate for equitable treatment and consideration of candidates in residency, fellowship, and as an attending regardless of their osteopathic or allopathic training is vital to making orthopedics a more collaborative, diverse field.

I remember being told by a preceptor that I would be “eaten alive” in orthopedics due to my kindness and not being an allopathic student. Thankfully, that preceptor was not only incorrect, but their words only fueled my desire further to join this field, and pay forward the encouragement and feedback others have offered me. I wish I would have known of AOAO when I was a medical student and I enjoy discussing it along with other orthopedic organizations that support diversity in orthopedics like the Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society and the J. Robert Gladden Orthopedic Society with medical students I meet interested in orthopedics.

Short Biography:
I am a PGY-2 orthopedic surgery resident at Valley Consortium for Medical Education in the central valley of California. I served in multiple leadership roles throughout medical school at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona including with the Association of Women Surgeons, the Student National Medical Association, the American Medical Student Association, and in my student government. Prior to medical school, I studied Biology and Political Science at Pacific University in Oregon. I also worked in Seattle, Washington, coordinating medical screening exams internationally and domestically along with telemedicine for medical evacuations. One of my passions is teaching and I have been a tutor throughout my undergraduate studies and medical school. I am originally from O’ahu, Hawai’i and hope one day to practice orthopedic surgery there. However, I am excited to see what opportunities arise and for the chance to do a fellowship or practice as an attending somewhere outside of the west coast as well.