From the court to the doctor’s office: Carly Omerod Bell

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1) What is your athletic background and education?

High school: Sacred Heart Academy (basketball and field hockey) and College: University of Kentucky (basketball).

2) How did athletics teach you to overcome adversity in the workplace?

I learned to overcome adversity very early in athletics. I was never the fastest, tallest, or strongest player on the court, so I had to learn how to use my own personal skills to defeat my opponent. These included working harder than my opponent at all times, thinking one step ahead of them, setting my teammates up to make great plays, etc. This translates to my workplace where I have used the same skills of teamwork and hard work to be the best Physician Assistant I can.

3) What was the most challenging point of your athletic career?

The most challenging point of my athletic career was being injured my junior and senior year of college. It was very hard not being able to play in the games as much as I wanted and at times I was very frustrated. This was a learning point in my life and I had to find ways to still help my teammates win from the sidelines. I walked away from this situation realizing that one day I wanted to coach as I took on more of a coaching role when I couldn’t play.

4) What has been the most challenging point in your professional career?

The most challenging part of my professional career was the first few months at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic. I had to earn the trust of my patients, which took time, but got me where I am today.

5) What is your advice to young student athletes today?

Work harder than anyone else and never stop loving the game.