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Promote professional development of and for women in orthopaedics throughout all stages of their careers.

Strategic Domains

Diversity and Inclusion

  • Goal 1:      Increase diversity and inclusion within the Society
  • Goal 2:      Provide resources to promote and increase diversity and inclusion in Orthopaedic surgery and in leadership roles

Professional Development: Provide meaningful educational opportunities to enhance members’ careers.

  • Goal 1:  Establish a professional development and leadership curricula
  • Goal 2:  Enhance resource sharing, knowledge exchange and community strengthening.

Membership: Serve and engage members.

  • Goal 1:  Build a member benefits portfolio based on member needs by career stage.
  • Goal 2:  Enhance member interactions and create a strong mentoring network.

Research: Empower members to participate in and lead research projects.

  • Goal 1:  Expand the Society’s research funding and award opportunities.
  • Goal 2:  Create greater awareness of research opportunities to increase participation.

Organizational Excellence: Become and maintain a healthy and viable Society

  • Goal 1:  Improve the Society’s governance and operating structure.
  • Goal 2:  Build a culture of transparency.
  • Goal 3:  Secure the Society’s fiscal health.

Essential Components resonate throughout each strategic domain.

  • Collaboration/ Partnerships
  • Communications
  • Diversity
  • Education
RJOS History
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THE RUTH JACKSON ORTHOPAEDIC SOCIETY (RJOS) was founded in 1983 as a support and networking group for the growing number of women orthopaedic surgeons. The women at the first meeting felt that there were many common problems confronting them, which could best be solved by pooling resources.


These range from sharing technical solutions for practice problems to how to survive motherhood and orthopaedic practice/residency at the same time. The RJOS began with 42 women and has grown to a membership of more than 1,000. The majority is from North America, with international female orthopaedists included.


The membership is comprised of practicing orthopaedic surgeons, residents, fellows, and medical students. With these varied perspectives, RJOS offers a woman’s viewpoint on the rewards and shortcomings of a career in orthopaedics. For the medical student, resident and fellow there is a mentoring program to offer guidance as well as practical suggestions for choosing and completing an orthopaedic residency.


Those members considering a first job, a fellowship or a career change can be linked through the Mentoring Committee with someone experienced in those areas. RJOS has focused effort on several area of relevance for practicing orthopaedic surgeons. Working along with the AAOS, educational projects involving osteoporosis and family violence has been completed. Future RJOS efforts will involve women’s musculoskeletal health and physician leadership training. In 1985, Dr. Jackson generously established an Endowment Fund to help finance guest lectures at the RJOS annual meeting.


The Society has now placed the endowment with the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. Through partnering with industry, the Society has developed the RJOS Traveling Fellowship Program, which awards two fellowships annually, and a Resident Research Award. As of 2002, RJOS also offers two Medical Student Scholarships for those students interested in attending the AAOS Annual Meeting and the RJOS luncheon. The Society holds a luncheon meeting each year during the AAOS annual meeting. This is a time for conducting the business of the society and also for networking and socializing. RJOS also sponsors a fall Biennial meeting which includes educational as well as career and personal enhancement offerings.


Committee work powers the organization. Opportunities for membership are available on the Membership, Mentoring, Program, Nominating, Scientific and Communications Committees.

RJOS 1983 Founding Members

Ruth Jackson, MD   Dallas, TX

Liebe S. Diamond, MD   Baltimore, MD

Mary L. Morden, MD   Baltimore, MD

Sandra Thompson, MD   Boston, MA

Jacqueline Perry, MD   Downey, CA

Mary Ann Shannon, MD   Minneapolis, MN