Despite the challenges this year has brought us, the RJOS continues to remain focused on our membership and encouraging and promoting the professional development of women in the field of orthopaedic surgery.
Some key accomplishments of 2020 include:
- Hosting a Virtual Annual Meeting via multiple webinars that were offered free to RJOS membership
- Several Key Collaborations
- Partnered with the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) on a webinar series to assist medical students in navigating the changes to the application cycle. This included mock medical student interviews.
- Joined forces with J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS), the American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons (AALOS) and Nth Dimensions as OrthoUnited. Presented a webinar for women and underrepresented minority medical students on the match. Also endorsed a unified Position Statement denouncing racism and discrimination.
- Developed a Position Statement on Bullying in Orthopaedic Surgery
- Collaborated with Black Women Orthopaedic Surgeons (BWOS) to hold a Diversity and Inclusion webinar to discuss Executive Order 13950.
- Continued our partnership with the Association of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (AOFAS) for a second series of Physician Wellness Webinars.
- Under the leadership of Dr. Lisa Cannada, many authors worked together to produce the 1st edition of the Medical Student Guide for Orthopaedic Surgery
- Creator and Host of She Can Fix It podcast and RJOS Member Dr. Alana Munger partnered with RJOS to produce an eight-episode series titled “The Road Less Traveled” sharing untold stories of 8 of our colleagues
- Addressed the gap in resources for college students by creating a webinar discussing orthopaedics as a career, which also produced an FAQ document
As we look forward to 2021, plans include continuing to expand on our collaborations, continuing to mentor and promote professional development of and for women in the field, and continuing to increase education and discussions about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our office headquarters will transition out of the Academy and will be independently managed. We also hope to host an in-person meeting in San Diego if it is feasible. We value your membership and commitment to the field and hope you will consider including RJOS in your end of year giving. Donate directly to the Society online or contribute through OREF. Your support will continue the strong work of our society.