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RJOS Medical School Chapters

RJOS continues to grow its student membership! Last year, we launched our Student Medical Chapters, and we now have more than 100 chapters nationwide! We love our medical students, and their enthusiasm for RJOS is contagious! This video highlights the students who attended our 2024 annual meeting in full force!

RJOS showcased the research talent of our membership at the 2024 Annual Meeting! The program consisted of podium presentations, poster presentations, as well as an expert panel. Presenting authors for any studies selected as a podium presentation were awarded a scholarship to attend the 2024 RJOS annual meeting. Up to 8 studies were selected for podium presentation.

RJOS Medical School Chapter
Leadership 2024-2025

Executive Committee

Jessica Schmerler

Committee Chair
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Tori Bergstein

Mentorship & Professional Development Chair
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Sabryn Kapp

Events & Outreach Chair
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Social Media Committee

Sofia Hidalgo Perea

Social Media Co-Manager
Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University

Sara Lu

Social Media Co-Manager
California University of Science and Medicine

Research & Grants Committee

Eve Glenn

Research & Grants Committee Co-Chair
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dana Rowe

Research & Grants Committee Co-Chair
Duke University School of Medicine

Regional Representatives

Amy Lu

Mid-Atlantic Region
Weill Cornell Medicine

Danielle Destiny

New England & Northeast Region
Tufts University School of Medicine

Raisa Rauf

New England & Northeast Region
Boston University School of Medicine

Nicolette Schurhoff

Southeast Region
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Nazanin Kermanshahi

Southwest Region
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Julia Todderud

West Region
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine 

Marie Spezia

Midwest Region
University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine

Krupa Patel

Great Lakes Region
University of Michigan Medical School

RJOS is an organization that provides support and incredible opportunities for women medical students and allies interested in pursuing orthopaedic surgery. Membership benefits range from access to mentorship programs to scholarships to attend the annual meetings, as well as access to a broad network of inspiring women around the country. 

In 2022, an enterprising group of women realized that medical students could use more ways to get involved in RJOS. So, beginning in 2023, RJOS officially launched medical school chapters nationwide.The medical school chapters are a way for aspiring orthopaedic surgeons to learn about and get involved with RJOS early on, connecting them to the RJOS network and showing them that orthopaedic surgery is a viable path for them. 

We hope that the medical school chapters will promote engaging and creative events and offer opportunities to build relationships with others in the RJOS network. Each chapter will report to a regional representative, who will be responsible for regional programming and connecting chapters to one another. Furthermore, there will continue to be national programming, with chances to hear from and connect with female medical students, residents, and faculty from all across the country. 

If this sounds like something your community would benefit from, we would love to have you join us! Please see the chapter application link below, and feel free to email us with any questions at We can’t wait to see all the things our chapters will accomplish in this inaugural year. 

Jess Schmerler & Jennie Kunes
Medical School Chapter Liaisons
Please visit the Perry Initiative Calendar for upcoming MSOPs with RJOS Medical Student Chapters.
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