December 2002 Bulletin

Consider joining the Gladden Society

By Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD

On behalf of the Membership Committee of the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society – a Multi-Cultural Organization (JRGS), I invite you to consider membership in our organization. If you have an interest in expanding your humanitarianism, enhancing your professionalism, improving your orthopaedic practice and expanding your circle of orthopaedic friends, please read on.

The origins of this organization can be traced back to the 1960s, when several African-American orthopaedic surgeons would informally meet during the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) meetings in Chicago. In 1998, this group elected a Board of Directors (BOD) and established the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society, which became a formal organization with an endowment fund, headquartered at the AAOS building in Rosemont.

The Gladden Society has always had an open membership. At a BOD retreat, a decision was made to actively recruit members of all groups, minorities and others to have a fully multicultural organization. The primary mission of the society is to achieve the interrelated goals of increased diversity, promotion of culturally competent care and elimination of disparities in musculoskeletal healthcare.

The Top 10 reasons you should join the JRGS and become a part of this exciting and enriching organization are:

  1. Enjoy multicultural, professional collegiality.
  2. Mentor young orthopaedic surgeons.
  3. Champion minority patient interests.
  4. Engage in multicultural networking (information, jobs and referrals).
  5. Explore professional relationships with industry.
  6. Facilitate and increase activities within the AAOS (committees and lectures).
  7. Participate in workshops and seminars to enrich academic and private practice activities.
  8. Garner intellectual and financial support for research.
  9. Create educational and career opportunities for underrepresented minorities.
  10. Identify and eliminate healthcare disparities in minority communities.

Join now and seize this opportunity for the satisfaction of helping others while you enrich your own professional life. Your membership will help Vernon Tolo, MD, president of the AAOS, to achieve his goal of expanding diversity in the orthopaedic profession. 

Don’t delay! Become a part of this viable and unique organization today. An application form can be downloaded from our Web site at Mail it along with your annual membership fee of $250 for Active Members or $50 for Candidate/Resident members to:

J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society—a Multi-Cultural Organization
6300 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone: (847) 698-1633

Fax: (847) 823-4921


Augustus A. White, III, MD, PhD, is President, J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society. He also serves as chair of the AAOS Diversity Committee.

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