RJOS is Committed to Improving Diversity and Inclusion

In a collaborative project between RJOS, JRGOS, The Perry Initiative, WOW, IODA, PJE, #SpeakUp Ortho, Nth Dimensions, AALOS, and BWOS, we learn of a promising Muslim medical student who loved orthopaedic surgery but ultimately chose to pursue another surgical specialty because she did not feel welcome in orthopaedics.  Leaders Theodore W. Parsons, III, Jaysson T. Brooks, Monica Payares, Hibba Aziz, Mary I. O’Connor, Joshua C. Patt, Lisa Cannada, Letitia Bradford, Dawn Laporte, Gabriella Ode, and Ann Van Heest weigh in on how to move toward a more open, equitable, diverse, and inclusive specialty.

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RJOS in collaboration with BWOS (Black Women Orthopaedic Surgeons) held a Diversity and Inclusion webinar to discuss Executive Order 13950 - Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping on Tuesday, November 17, 2020.  We were honored and privileged to have an outstanding panel including Drs. Haydee Brown, Shasta Henderson, Bonnie Simpson Mason, Mary O’Connor and Julie Samora. 

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RJOS, in collaboration with the AAOS Diversity Advisory Board, presented a book club on Thursday, January 21, 2021 discussing White Fragility written by Robin DiAngelo.  This book was selected as it was on the NY Times best seller list and addresses an important topic for us all.  Panelists included Drs. Haydee Brown, Eric Carson, Marlene DeMaio, A.J. Johnson, Dawn LaPorte, Claire McDaniel, Sonya Sloan and Jennifer Weiss.  

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RJOS presented a webinar on Implicit Bias in Orthopaedic Surgery on Monday, February 15, 2021 to learn about implicit bias and share strategies and solutions to overcome unconscious bias. Moderated by RJOS President, Dr. Dawn LaPorte, panelists Drs Monica Payares-Lizano, Linda Suleiman and Erica Taylor, shared their expertise to equip orthopaedic surgeons and leaders to be empowered to address these deep-rooted issues in orthopaedics.

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The Orthopaedic Diversity Leadership Consortium (OLDC) is a pioneering network of national orthopaedic diversity leaders brought together for the purpose of sharing best practices and innovative strategies for success.   

For more information, or to join OLDC, please click here.