RJOS highlights history, achievements on DVD

By Kathleen Misovic

There may not be a red carpet leading to the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) Scientific Exhibit in Hall B (SE78), but all those attending the AAOS 2006 Annual Meeting are invited to stop by to see the premier of a DVD showcasing the society’s accomplishments.

“We wanted to give visitors to the exhibit a visual; something that will draw them in and explain the society,” said Dana A. Mannor, MD, an RJOS member and one of the booth organizers. “We want people to know that RJOS promotes women and women’s health issues in connection with the Academy.”

The RJOS is a support and networking group for the growing number of women orthopaedic surgeons. The society is named for the first practicing female orthopaedist in the United States, Ruth Jackson, MD, who began her practice in Dallas in 1932.

The late Dr. Jackson was the first woman certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the first woman admitted to the AAOS.

Members featured

The DVD, which was filmed at the RJOS biannual meeting in San Antonio last October, was created to explain the history of the society as well as its goals and accomplishments. It features interviews with a diverse mix of women from the society, some of whom have prominent leadership roles in the AAOS.

(From left) Kimberly Templeton, MD, current president of the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society; Ellen Raney, MD, immediate past president; Mary O’Connor, MD, current vice president; and Laura L. Tosi, MD, past president, are among those featured in the Ruth Jackson video.

“For the history section we got some great stories from members who had known Ruth Jackson when they were residents or fellows,” said RJOS member Kristy L. Weber, MD, who is also organizing the exhibit.

The RJOS is proud to be able to offer various grants and awards to women in all stages of their orthopaedic training and careers. The DVD includes interviews with grant and award recipients, explaining how the funding has helped their careers. “We interviewed women who received traveling fellowships and resident research awards,” Dr. Weber said. “The DVD also features comments from medical students who received scholarships that enabled them to attend the AAOS Annual Meeting.”

The DVD also highlights the RJOS mentoring program. “A large portion of the DVD provides information about the opportunity to mentor and network because that’s a big part of what our society offers,” Dr. Weber said. “One common theme among everyone we interviewed is they really found it helpful to mentor and network with other women orthopaedists.”

The Annual Meeting will not be the last screening of the DVD. RJOS plans to use it as a promotional tool to explain its mission and seek funding from the medical industry.

A showing for all ages

You’ll have no problem viewing the DVD; it will run continuously, beginning approximately every 12 minutes at the RJOS exhibit. And be sure to take a look at the posters, featuring information on osteoporosis and sports injuries, that are on display.

“We want to draw attention to women’s health issues for all ages, so we decided to focus on osteoporosis in regard to older women,” Dr. Mannor explained. Presentations on sports injuries, especially the high rates of ACL injuries among girls, will highlight younger women’s orthopaedic problems.

“These are both hot topics for women’s health for the Academy right now,” Dr. Weber added.

Drs. Mannor, Weber and other RJOS members will be on hand at the exhibit to pass out information on the society and the grants it offers, as well as answer any visitors’ questions.

“And we don’t want just female physicians to stop in. We hope our male colleagues will visit the exhibit and learn what the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society does,” Dr. Mannor said.

Scientific exhibits are open today until 6 p.m. and tomorrow from

7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information on RJOS visit their Web site.

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