Our WORTH initiative is dedicated to promoting awareness to young women of the diverse career opportunities available across the field of orthopaedics, ultimately shaping an equitable and diverse future for orthopaedic surgery.


To empower young women and promote gender diversity in the field of orthopaedics by providing early exposure, valuable resources, and mentorship opportunities.


Equitable and inclusive access to education about orthopaedics for young women worldwide 


  • To create a comprehensive program for young women interested in orthopaedic surgery to explore and engage with the field at an early stage. 
  • To provide access to resources that promote ongoing skill development and knowledge acquisition.
  • To facilitate meaningful mentorship relationships that will nurture and guide aspiring healthcare professionals, fostering their personal and professional growth. 
  • To increase representation and empower young women to succeed in the field of orthopaedic surgery, fostering a more diverse and inclusive future for the profession.

WORTH Leadership Team

Emily Schaeffer
Associate Professor, UBC Orthopaedics
Director of Research, BCCH Pediatric Orthopaedics

Anthony Cooper
Clinical Associate Professor & Head of Pediatric Division, UBC Orthopaedics

Marianna Hsu
Pediatric Orthopaedics Co-op Student

Hayley Spurr
Clinical Fellow

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For inquiries or collaboration opportunities, please don’t hesitate to reach out to UBC WORTH. Join us in shaping an inclusive future in orthopaedic surgery through empowerment and mentorship.