2024 IDEA Grant Recipients

Track 4

These grants are intended to support programs and events with a focus on retaining and supporting a diverse workforce in orthopaedic surgery within U.S. academic centers.  

  • University of Miami Department of Orthopedic Surgery - $14,000
    • With this grant, the University of Miami, Department of Orthopaedics will enhance the lecture attendee’s exposure to diverse perspectives and ideas. Programming includes hosting expert speakers on DEI topics for Orthopaedic Grand Rounds and facilitating direct meetings between faculty and speakers that can provide DEI mentorship.
  • University of Miami Department of Orthopedic Surgery - $5,000
    • This grant will support the Female Orthopaedists of Miami Mentorship Organization (FOMMO) which is a bimonthly gathering of female orthopaedic surgeons and prospective students to discuss topics unique to being a female surgeon. Topics covered include navigating relationships, balancing work, and personal life, commanding an operating room, microaggressions, and child-rearing amongst others.
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham - $17,500
    • This grant will support training for faculty, staff, and residents to help them develop the language, knowledge, and skills to be an effective advocate and champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the department and at UAB. The grant will also support pipeline development of underrepresented minorities who may be interested in Orthopaedic Surgery at UAB through summer fellowships and clinical rotation scholarships. It will also engage high schools in the community with URM students through events such as career day, for exchange of information concerning the field of medicine, and in particular, orthopaedic surgery as a potential career pursuit.
  • Wake Forest - $10,000
    • The AAOS IDEA Grant allows the orthopaedic surgery departments to continue a tiered program, initiated in 2023, aimed to improve early exposure to orthopaedics, uplift academic orthopaedic surgeons from diverse backgrounds, and broaden the national exposure and reputation of individuals from groups underrepresented in medicine. The goal is to increase the future diversity of the specialty, which benefits patient care and creates more successful departments.