Friday, February 25, 2005
Gladden welcomes minority medical studentsMentoring minority medical students, orthopaedic residents and fellows is just one of the initiatives of the J. Robert Gladden Society (JRGS). During the AAOS Annual Meeting, the Gladden Society hosts both a luncheon and a reception for minority medical students with an interest in orthopaedic surgery. Minority residents and fellows are also invited to participate.
The luncheon, which was held on Thursday at the Grand Hyatt, gave attendees an opportunity to interact with medical students and residents from other institutions as well as with established orthopaedists involved in both clinical and academic medicine.
Current President James A. Hill, MD, welcomed everyone and gave an overview of JRGS. Bonnie M. Simpson, MD, chair of the Mentoring Committee, discussed the mentoring program and encouraged participation. Membership Committee Chair Darryl W. Peterson, MD, distributed information on available scholarships and encouraged all to consider joining the society.
A reception held last night at the Grand Hyatt provided an additional opportunity for minority medical students, residents and fellows to learn more about the JRGS and the need for diversity in orthopaedics.
Attendees viewed a short video, "Follow Your Path," which addresses the issues of women and underrepresented minorities by focusing on the careers of three successful orthopaedic surgeons. In the video, J. Sybil Biermann, MD; Aaron G. Rosenberg, MD; and Dr. Hill explain why they choose orthopaedics, what they like most about the specialty, and how they have overcome the challenges that faced them. Afterward, attendees discussed the presentations over refreshments.
For more information about the J.Rober Gladden Society, stop by the Diversity Committee booth in Academy Row, opposite the Resource Center in Hall D. Membership applications and information on scholarship and mentoring opportunities will be available there.