August 2002 AAOS Report
AAOS announces new Diversity Award
As proposed by the Diversity Committee, the AAOS Board of Directors at its May 17, 2002 meeting approved a new Diversity Award. The award recognizes Academy Fellows who have significantly contributed to advancing diversity in orthopaedics through recruiting, mentoring, leadership and treatment of diverse populations. This prestigious award will be presented for the first time Feb. 5, 2003 during the Opening Ceremony of the AAOS Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The honoree will receive an etched crystal memento and a $5,000 donation to be used in achieving greater diversity in orthopaedics. Any Academy Fellow in good standing may be nominated. Nominations can come from Academy Fellows and members in good standing of the Academic Orthopaedic Society, as well as women and/or minority orthopaedic residents who have directly benefited from the activities of the nominee. Qualifying activities might include working to reduce obstacles that prevent women and minorities from entering the field of orthopaedics; teaching culturally competent care in a clinical and/or institutional setting; staffing clinics that provide musculoskeletal care for underserved U.S. populations; recruiting and encouraging young orthopaedists, minority and women medical and pre-med students to pursue careers in orthopaedics; and publishing materials that relate to culturally competent care and health care disparities. The Academy is seeking candidates who can demonstrate a leadership role in eliminating disparities in health care, promoting culturally competent care, or supporting diversity-related legislation, activities and issues.
For an application or more information, contact AAOS Customer Service, (800) 626-6726; go online to the Academy's home page, www.aaos.org and click on the "Changing Face of Orthopaedics" icon; or use the Academy's fax-on-demand service, (800) 999-2939, document no. 1603. Nominators must complete a sponsor form and solicit no more than three letters of recommendation in support of their candidate. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15, 2002. Members of the AAOS will automatically receive a copy of the Diversity Award application with this AAOS Report.