2024 IDEA Grant Recipients

Track 2

These grants are intended to support organizations, programs, and events with a longitudinal focus on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce in orthopaedic surgery. 

  • Medical Student Orthopaedic Society (MSOS) - $12,600
    • Launched in 2022, the national MSOS mentorship program includes 244 mentees and 169 mentors. This grant will expand the program to provide education sessions and scholarships for medical students to further build meaningful relationships with their mentors through quarterly virtual panel discussions and travel scholarships to the AAOS Annual Meeting.
  • Nth Dimensions – $20,000
    • Nth Dimensions Medical Student Symposium (MSS) at AAOS and Summer Internship Program (AAOS-NDSI) 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.
  • The Perry Initiative - $30,000
    • The AAOS IDEA Grant will be directed towards expand current orthopaedic-themed, hands-on outreach programs at nationwide sites to reach more women high school and medical students and in turn increase medical student and high school student enrollment.
  • Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic Foundation - $12,500
    • This grant will provide scholarships to fund away rotations for fourth-year medical school students at Morehouse Medical School interested in applying for an orthopaedic residency program.
  • Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society - $11,072
    • This grant will provide scholarships to women to attend the AAOS Annual Meeting. Providing a unique opportunity to be exposed to orthopaedic surgery at the AAOS annual meeting and specifically network with female orthopaedic surgeons is an evidence-based high-yield methodology for increasing the number of future female orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Washington University, St. Louis - $4,800
    • This grant will support the implementation of a monthly virtual fireside chat series with women orthopaedic surgery leaders from around the country. Each month, organizers will invite female resident and fellow trainees, medical students interested in orthopaedic surgery, and women faculty members to a 1-hour session with a virtual guest speaker. The sessions will include intentional space for discussion, skills development, and relationship-building.