For the first time, the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and the Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) have teamed up to bring AAOS 2022 Annual Meeting attendees a full-day program that includes relevant content for practicing knee, shoulder, and hip arthroscopists. Faculty—more than half of whom are women—includes members of the Forum and Black Women Orthopaedic Surgeons and will offer a trailblazing program. This Specialty Day program aims to confront the lack of female representation in orthopaedics, a glaring discrepancy in the field, and spearhead a national restructuring. By doing so, AANA and RJOS draw attention to this longstanding gender disparity. The societies lead by example in this open dialogue so that other organizations might do similarly and boldly step forward in the pursuit of an equitable and diverse culture in orthopaedics.
This comprehensive program, co-chaired by Brian R. Waterman, MD, FAAOS; Mary K. Mulcahey, MD, FAAOS; and Anna Cohen-Rosenblum, MD, is divided into eight sessions:
- Knee Ligament/Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
- Shoulder/Rotator Cuff
- Diversity and Inclusion
- AANA Innovations Lecture
Each session includes presentations, case discussions, and question-and-answer panels for in-depth coverage of each subject. Attendees will leave the program with the knowledge and skills needed to articulate risk factors and treatment for a variety of joints; understand various approaches to meniscal repair, including biologics; determine appropriate strategies for optimal outcomes; and much more. The highly anticipated AANA Innovations Lecture will also be returning this year and will review the latest innovations that practicing surgeons need to know now. A Specialty Day first, the Diversity and Inclusion session will address implicit bias, imposter syndrome, and moving the needle in orthopaedics.
Presentations by leading faculty will seek to answer complications and tough scenarios that arise in the OR, such as: biologic solutions for degenerative knee pathology; comprehensive arthroscopic approaches for treating femoroacetabular impingement; tips for success when addressing posterior shoulder instability; key lessons for augmentation in rotator cuff repair; preferred ACL graft choice for the elite female athlete; and other related topics.
Now is a critical time to show solidarity and, as a medical community, communicate the importance of diversity and inclusion. Support your female colleagues in orthopaedics by participating in this Specialty Day program, underscoring the invaluable and irreplaceable contributions of women to arthroscopy, sports medicine, and orthopaedic surgery.
Information on the full program and scheduled topics/speakers is available at www.aana.org/specialtyday.