2024 IDEA Grant Recipients

Track 1

These grants are designed to support single event programs that promote DEI initiatives in the field of orthopaedic surgery for learners and/or practicing orthopaedic surgeons. 

  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) - $5,000
    • The grant will fund the ASES scholars’ program. It sponsors 10 under-represented minorities (URM) and female medical students to attend the ASES annual meeting where they partake in unique program allowing for interaction with the leadership, participation in the meeting, talks about residency application and etc. Importantly, it aims to provide a structure for mentorship since some of these students come from institutions lacking a formal orthopaedic department.
  • Georgia Orthopaedic Society Foundation - $2,500
    • The Georgia Orthopaedic Society Foundation will join The Perry Initiative via its Medical Student Outreach Program to offer a hands-on introduction to the field of medicine for women in medical school. The grant will utilize the resources of The Perry Initiative in providing the materials and tools required for this outreach program.
  • Howard University - $17,460
    • Howard University Orthopaedics will create a Diversity Visiting Medical Student scholarship and fund an orthopaedic surgery medical student “boot camp” week. The scholarship is designed to cover a 4-week block for a total of six visiting students. Separately, the boot camp week will include a series of introductory orthopaedic surgery lectures, skills sessions, cadaver sessions, online learning, courses, and textbooks for Howard students. Additionally, it will offer a networking experience and mentorship pathway among student participants, current residents, and faculty.
  • Nth Dimensions - $25,440
    • Nth Dimensions Medical Student Symposium (MSS) at AAOS and Summer Internship Program (AAOS-NDSI) – The MSS is a unique opportunity to receive additional professional development and leadership training for students coming from historically black colleges and universities with little-to-no orthopaedic mentoring to become competitive residency applicants. The program will also help fund the summer experience for URM and female students.
  • Pride Ortho - $15,400
    • Through this grant, Pride Ortho will support medical student attendance at the first official annual meeting of Pride Ortho at the 2024 AAOS Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Students will be able to obtain mentorship from LGBTQ+ surgeons on topics especially pertinent to LGBTQ+ applicants, such as coming out during medical school or residency.
  • Pride Ortho - $9,500
    • The Pride Ortho LGBTQ+ Medical Student Initiative (POMSI) will fund three hands-on workshops for all medical students years one through four as an introduction into orthopaedic surgery focusing on increasing the diversity of the field and the visibility of LGBTQ+ orthopaedic surgeons. The workshop will provide a Pride Ortho allyship presentation, LGBTQ+ orthopaedic surgeon panel, networking, and hands-on activities.
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS) - $20,500
    • Through outreach, mentorship, and scholarship opportunities, RJOS has contributed to developing a pipeline for women and underrepresented minorities entering the field of orthopaedics. RJOS plans to create a network of RJOS Medical Student Chapters to promote early exposure to orthopaedics, expand the RJOS network of mentors, and create a community among women medical students interested in orthopaedics.
  • Texas Orthopaedic Association - $21,728
    • The Texas Orthopaedic Association will continue and enhance “The Transition: From Medical School to Residency” program by providing scholarship support to medical school students who are under-represented in the field of orthopaedics.
  • University of Minnesota - $25,000
    • This grant will support a 4-week for-credit rotation within the University of Minnesota Medical School. The course will include mentorship, trauma call, lectures, practice exams, hands-on sessions, and attendance at the AAOS Annual Meeting.
  • University of Missouri - $10,000
    • Following the success of the 2023 University of Missouri “Bridging the Gap” program, the organizers plan to expand the initiative to become a multi-center event hosted at the University Hospital in Kansas City, MO and at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute in Columbia, MO. Each site aims to host up to 100 diverse local middle and high school students. Students will tour the University Hospital or the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, listen to physician-led panels and keynote lectures, and engage in hands-on anatomy sessions, fractures casting stations, and sawbones workshops.