The AOA convenes leaders around critical issues within orthopaedics each year at its Annual Meeting, CORD Conferences, and other virtual programming. Each year, AOA leadership dedicates time at the podium for its members to discuss expanding diversity.

2022 Annual Leadership Meetings

  • Gender Justice in Academic Medicine: What it Might Look Like in Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging Think Tank

2021 Annual Leadership Meetings

  • A Departmental Approach to Addressing Racism
  • Diversity & Inclusion in Orthopaedic Surgery from Medical School to Practice

2020 Annual Leadership Meetings

  • Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Women & Minorities

2019 Annual Leadership Meetings

  • Expanding Diversity Need, Not Compromise Quality
  • Roadmap to Being an Inclusive and Equitable Leader

2018 Annual Leadership Meetings

  • Healthcare Disparities and the Effect on Musculoskeletal Disease
  • Why isn’t the orthopaedic workforce as diverse as the population it serves? Where are the minorities and women?

Virtual CORD Town Halls

  • Biases Faced by Women in Orthopaedics: Changing the Narrative
  • Fostering a JEDI Residency Program & Other academic Programming


AAOS ICL – 124

Recruiting and Retaining Female Orthopaedic Surgeons: From Residents to Partners

Tuesday, 3/22 | 11:00 PM -12:30 PM

Room S505a

Moderator – Mary Mulcahey, MD, FAAOS


Strategic Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership in Orthopaedics: Modernized Frameworks and Practices

Tuesday, 3/22 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Room S503b

Moderator – Erica Taylor MD, MBA, FAAOS

This course explores modern approaches to strategic diversity leadership and the longitudinal frameworks for professional development, with sharing of best practices to create sustainable change. This session is co-branded with the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society and Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society.

RJOS Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 3/22 | 5:00 PM –  9:30 PM

Crystal B Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel, located at 151 E. Wacker Drive.

This meeting will include dinner.

The keynote speaker Peggy McIntosh, PhD, Senior Research Scientist of the Wellesley Centers for Women, and the founder of the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diverstiy) Project on Inclusive Curriculum will present White Privilege and Anti-Racism. Victoria Alexander, MEd will give a presentation, Intersectionality, followed by a panel discussion.  Panelists include Ayesha Abdeen, MD, Jaime L. Bellamy, DO, Carla Bridges, MD, Seth Leopold, MD, Shain A. Lipa, MD, MPH and Selina Poon, MD, MHP, MS.

The program agenda and registration can be found here –

JRGOS – My Orthopaedic Surgeon Looks Like Me
STEM Event

Tuesday, 3/22 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM |

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

More details about this event can be found here. –



OrthoUnited Medical Student Leadership Program (Combined group of RJOS, BWOS, JRGOS, AALOS, Nth Dimensions, Perry, and ODLC)

Wednesday, 3/23 | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Room E253, Lakeside Center, McCormick Place

– This event is free to medical students.

Engagement Theater: Diversity Alliances

Engagement Theater – ET13

Wednesday, 3/23 | 3:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Engagement Theater, Academy Hall

Moderator – Kristy Weber MD, FAAOS

This session focuses on increasing diversity and the awareness of the importance of diversity in orthopaedic surgery globally. It is inclusive of all aspects of diversity (not specifically gender) and welcomes allies and supporters of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Presented by the International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance (IODA)

Orthopaedic Diversity Leadership Consortium (ODLC) – ODLC Network Meet Up

Wednesday, 3/23 | 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

VU Rooftop Lounge (Next door to McCormick Pl)

Who says diversity leaders can’t have fun? Take a break and let’s connect. First drink is on us!

Register Here:



AAOS Symposium – K

Increasing Diversity in Orthopaedics: The Problem, Strategies, and Solutions

Thursday, 3/24 | 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Room S404

Moderator – George Dyer MD, FAAOS

This symposium aims to educate and equip the orthopaedic community with tools to address healthcare disparities and improve orthopaedic specialty recruitment for racial minorities.

JRGOS Annual Meeting  

Wednesday, 3/24 | 11:00AM – 7:30PM

JRGOS Annual Luncheon – Thursday, March 24, 2022
Onsite Check-in & Registration:  11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Luncheon Time: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

JRGOS Medical Student Mentoring Program – Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm

JRGOS Medical Student Mentoring Reception – Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

More details and registration can be found here –

AMA STEPS ForwardTM Webinar: Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems

  • The new AMA STEPS Forward™ toolkit “Racial and Health Equity: Concrete STEPS for Health Systems,” developed in collaboration with HealthBegins, offers five steps to advancing health equity for clinicians, patients, and the communities served. The toolkit helps motivated leaders develop a shared understanding and commitment, set data-driven goals, and embark on a journey of continuous learning and improvement for racial justice and health equity. Join co-authors Denard Cummings, AMA Director of Equitable Health Systems Integration, and Rishi Manchanda, MD, MPH, President and CEO of HealthBegins, at noon CST on March 24 as they provide actionable steps for advancing racial and health equity in your health care system.


Engagement Theater: Diversity, Humanitarian and Tipton Award Winners


Engagement Theater

Friday, March 25 | 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Engagement Theater, Academy Hall

Moderator – Donna Malert

Life is a Mission. Does success equal significance? The status quo of a life well-lived will be challenged by suggesting that true treasure is only achieved by giving away. Meet and hear the Diversity, Humanitarian and Tipton Award Winners.

PrideOrtho Luncheon
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
McCormick Place Convention Center, Room E256, Chicago, IL

RSVP is required. We kindly request your response by March 11, 2022.

RSVP Here –



AANA/RJOS Specialty Day

Saturday, 3/26 | 9:00AM – 5:00PM


7:05 – 7:10 AM – The Time is Now! Collaboration and Allyship for Diversity in Orthopaedics –  Mary Mulcahey, MD

Session V: Diversity and Inclusion
Time: 11:11-11:58 a.m.
Moderators: Don A. Buford, M.D., FAANA, Jo A. Hannafin, M.D., Ph.D.

–       11:11 – 11:15 – History of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) – Julie Samora, MD

–       11:15-11:17 – Diversity Keynote Introduction – Jo Hannafin, MD, PhD.

–       11:17 – 11:27 – Diversity Lecture: Implicit Bias – Lessons Learned in 2021 – Leah Brown, MD

–       11:27 – 11:37 – Diversity Lecture: Imposter Syndrome – Mara Schenker, MD

–       11:37 – 11:42 – Recognition of Achievement: He for She – Freddie H Fu, MD

–       11:42-11:43 – Panel Discussion Introduction – Mark Getelman, MD

–       11:43 – 11:58 – Panel Discussion: Moving the Needle – Moderator: Sonya Sloan, MD; Panel: Elizabeth Watson MD; Richard Ryu, MD; Don Buford MD; Linda Suleiman, MD; Arianna Gianakos, DO

PRE-ANNUAL MEETING PROGRAM – Saturday, March 19, 2022

Webinar: International Orthopaedic Diversity: Creating a Global Orthopaedic Culture in which Everyone can Thrive

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022

Time: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM CT

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