Diversity Drives Design

Lewis G. Zirkle Jr, MD

Many of the things people use daily owe their efficiency to the cumulative efforts of a variety of people. As Scott Page—author of The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies—reminds us, diversity trumps ability.

In orthopaedics, the efforts of engineers, scientists, surgeons, and others have contributed to advances in patient care. Similarly, the success of SIGN Fracture Care International (SIGN), which aims to create equality of fracture care by bringing orthopaedic training and instrumentation to developing countries, is the result of collaboration between orthopaedic surgeons from diverse backgrounds.

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