The purpose of the Society and organization is to promote the professional growth and leadership of female orthopaedic surgeons and advances the science and practice of orthopaedic surgery among women.

Welcome to the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society!

The Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) is the oldest surgical women's organization incorporated in the United States which continues to grow and welcome new members of both genders. RJOS works closely with the AAOS, provides leadership training for orthopaedists, residents and medical students, provides mentoring for medical students, offers award and grants opportunities, conducts a medical student workshop and much more. Please look around and consider becoming a member today!

Asking the Question - Creating Gendered Innovations

Amy L Ladd MD
President, Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society 2013-14

What role does sex and gender play in musculoskeletal science? It’s a great Question, and one that covers the spectrum of our discipline, from specific research topics to Sheryl Sandberg’s concept of leadership and Leaning In. To date, Answers include the known (the percentage of women board certified orthopaedic surgeons, 4%), the assumed(osteoporosis is a post-menopausal woman’s disease), and the unknown(our future partners devoted to this topic). Many of our RJOS members have addressed this Question in various ways. Sheila Algan’s RJOS/Zimmer research grant examines comparative outcomes for men and women with polytrauma; Naomi Shields has created the student mentoring workshops; Carolyn Hettrich as a former AAOS Washington Health Policy Fellow advocates for change. These are but a few examples of our members in action.

Text Box:  Gendered Innovations is a strategic and scientific approach to improve science and technology by including sex and gender as a variable for investigation, and it represents my RJOS presidential initiative. The ideas behind Gendered Innovations aren’t new, but the approach opens a dialogue and gives a Voice to what our Society represents - to promote professional growth and leadership, and advance the science and practice of orthopaedic surgery among women. By asking the Question of sex and gender, we strengthen musculoskeletal science, and grow a team of women leaders, mentors, and advocates. This enables women to get involved, become leaders, and change the culture from one focused on disparity (half-empty) to one that focuses on opportunity (half-full). Everyone wins - since the study of sex and gender includes both men and women. More teamwork creates better Questions representing age, ethnicity, and any other demographic feature that represents the rich sea of humanity, all possessing a skeleton.

In Chicago at the AAOS 2013 Annual meeting we gathered an informal brainstorm session, and RJOS members ranging from medical students to seasoned leaders came up with fabulous ideas and directions for RJOS in the next few years. To date, we identified 6 ‘kernels’ that embrace our mission and the concept of Gendered Innovations to explore and expand: Outreach, Professional Growth, Fundraising, Public Relations, Collaborators, and Research. Intentionally, each of these kernels cross-fertilizes others. In future (short) newsletters our RJOS Board, members, and I will share with you ideas and projects underway. We welcome your input - we will especially need your participation to make this happen!

If you wish to learn more about Gendered Innovations as an initiative beyond orthopaedics, visit: http://genderedinnovations.stanford.edu. Gendered Innovations is the brainchild of Stanford professor Londa Schiebinger, who has created an international community devoted to Asking the Question.

In memory of Dr. Jacquelin Perry
(May 31, 1918 – March 11, 2013)

As many of you know, our great mentor and colleague Dr. Jacquelin Perry recently passed away, just shy of her 95th birthday. She pioneered so much of what remains fresh and timely in orthopaedics and rehabilitation: complex musculoskeletal surgery for polio and cerebral palsy; motion and gait analysis; and above all as a teacher to many, especially young women. She attended every Ruth Jackson Society meeting, where she encouraged and supported students, scholars, and leaders. Lisa Lattanza presented an inspiring memorial at our annual meeting, detailing Dr. Perry’s humor, passion for orthopaedic surgery, and above all her spirit and dedication.

I would like to ask you to join me in honoring Dr. Perry’s memory with a contribution. Large or small, we can make a difference and celebrate her legacy in orthopaedic surgery.

There are several ways for Ruth Jackson members to honor and celebrate her life:

  1. The Rancho Research Institute where her research and clinical practice flourished: http://larei.org/
  2. The Perry Initiative, the hands-on outreach program for young women founded by RJOS members Lisa Lattanza and Jenni Buckley: (http://perryinitiative.org/support-us/donate)
  3. The RJOS and OREF as a directed donation. Our partnering with OREF requires the initial donation of $500 is directed to OREF.  Donations may be made in memory of Dr. Jacquelin Perry at www.oref.org/rjos
  4. A direct contribution to RJOS through an unrestricted gift in memory of Dr. Jacquelin Perry http://www.rjos.org/web/Fund_Donation%20Form.pdf and/or you make a check payable to:

Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
6300 N. River Road, Suite 727
Rosemont, IL 60018

All are tax-deductible donations with the exception of giving directly to RJOS. RJOS is a 501(c)6 organization and donations to RJOS are not tax deductible. One of our 2013 initiatives is to change our status to a 501(c)3 which will enable us to participate in directed giving in the future.

More about Dr. Perry and her contributions:

Obituary, New York Times (23 March 2013): http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/24/health/dr-jacquelin-perry-who-aided-polio-victims-dies-at-94.html?_r=0

Rancho Research Institute: http://larei.org/paralympics-london-2012/2013/3/11/rancho-mourns-the-loss-of-jacquelin-perry-md

Perry Initiative: http://perryinitiative.org/2013/03/11/in-memory-of-dr-jacquelin-perry-may-31-1918-march-11-2013/

Donate to RJOS!
To make a donation to RJOS, please complete this form and fax to RJOS at 1-847-823-0536.
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Please contact the RJOS Office via the contact information below:

Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
6300 North River Road, Suite 727
Rosemont, IL 60018-4226
PH: 847.698.1626
Fax: 847.823.0536
Email: rjos@aaos.org