Diversity & AAOS

The AAOS respects the lives of every person regardless of race, religion, gender, creed, or sexual orientation, and will continue to support its members and the public.

Diversity as an AAOS Strategic Goal

In December 2018, the AAOS Board of Directors approved a new five-year Strategic Plan that included diversity as a strategic goal. 

AAOS and its Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) are implementing initiatives focused on increasing diversity in leader recruitment, selection, retention, and culture.

The AAOS Governance Diversity Report and Diversity Dashboard

The AAOS Governance Diversity Report provides an analysis of our volunteer structure composition and applicant selection. The AAOS Diversity Dashboard tracks progress on achieving our goal of increasing diversity in the AAOS volunteer structure.


The AAOS IDEA Grant Program™  is intended to provide resources for many types of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, such as those which:  

  • Support a diverse pipeline of individuals who choose to go into orthopaedics as a profession 
  • Foster diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives for community-based or academic orthopaedic surgeons 
  • Expand the availability of AAOS educational and networking opportunities to diverse students and practicing orthopaedic surgeons

Learn More About IDEA Grant Program

New AAOS Career Podcast Episode Focuses On Diversity in Orthopaedics

Discussion in "Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Early in Orthopaedics" explores barriers to inclusion and the importance of increasing diversity early in training. 

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