Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery recognizes the significance of a diverse workforce and strives toward healthcare justice for all of our patient populations. We understand that we produce our best research, workplace culture, educational opportunities, and patient outcomes when equity, inclusion, and diversity are at the forefront. We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable orthopedic department, respecting and valuing the contributions of diverse faculty, trainees, staff, and patients to achieve excellence in all we do.

Black History Month at the University of Minnesota

Black History Month, University of Minnesota

This February, the University of Minnesota is celebrating Black History Month with Where it Starts, a new series of videos, interviews, and articles featuring Black community members.

Our DEI Committee

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery's DEI committee was formed as part of the annual strategy to support a more diverse and equitable orthopedic department and improve patient care. Committee goals include implicit bias training for interviewers, more diversity topics and speakers of color at Grand Rounds, retreats focused on DEI initiatives, outreach to communities of color, and more. 


Aaron Corfield, DPM - Committee Chair
Joan Bechtold, PhD
Joel Boyd, MD
Jonathan Braman, MD
Caitlin Chambers, MD
Jessica Downes, MD
Joy Harken, MHA
Paul Hoogervorst, MD
Patrick Horrigan, MD
David Jewison, MD
Michael Knudsen, MD
Bibi Mohamed
Patrick Morgan, MD
Amber Prahl
Lily Wood, MD

Visiting Medical Student Scholarship for Underrepresented Populations in Orthopedics

The University of Minnesota is committed to achieving excellence through equity and diversity. We value having diverse views and experiences that enrich our academics and our profession as a whole. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery, in conjunction with the Medical School, has the goal of creating an atmosphere where differences are valued, leading to a culturally competent healthcare workforce qualified to meet the needs of the varied populations we serve.  

Our scholarship provides financial assistance for upcoming 3rdrd and 4thth year medical students (class of 2022 and 2023) who are planning a career in orthopedic surgery, and want to do a four-week away rotation at our site. Diverse students whose backgrounds and/or identities are underrepresented in orthopedics are encouraged to apply. The chosen applicants will be given a stipend of $1,000 to be used towards their lodging and/or travel expenses.  

Once the application deadline has passed, five scholarship applicants will be selected to be interviewed. Two applicants will be selected for the scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year.

To fill out an application for this scholarship click here.


  1. Must be an upcoming 3rdrd or 4thth year medical student
  2. Attend a domestic LCME-accredited medical school
  3. Provide a current CV
  4. Upload an unofficial transcript
  5. Letter of recommendation from a professional reference who can speak to your goals and academic experience (One letter of recommendation only)
  6. Provide a personal statement addressing how you contribute to diversity in orthopedics
  7. Provide Step 1 score by uploading an USMLE unofficial transcript
  8. Skype interview; If selected as a top five candidate

Selection will be based on a holistic approach. Students’ academic achievements, shown leadership, academic research, orthopedic interest, and good academic standings will all be considered when selecting candidates.


Deadline for all applications are due by February 1, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding this scholarship please contact,

Alyssa Boos at orthoed@umn.edu

Click here to download this document >>

DEI Grand Rounds

The University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion topics into the weekly Grand Rounds schedule. Past presentations can be viewed below, and upcoming events here.

A History of Implicit Bias and Racism in Medicine: History and Today

Assistant Professor Aaron Corfield, DPM

Committing to Inclusive Excellence: Diversifying Orthopedics to Foster Innovation and Enhance Patient Care

Learning Opportunities


The Department of Orthopedic Surgery hosts a DEI Book Club for faculty, residents, and staff. If you would like information about upcoming discussions, please reach out to Project Development Manager Joy Harken, MHA.


The University is committed to increasing diversity among its staff, faculty, and students in admissions, promotions, scholarship decisions, and other selection processes. The presence of implicit bias in these processes can inhibit this goal. This workshop exposes participants to the breadth of implicit bias research and will help them recognize shortcuts resulting from unconscious or unexamined bias. Participants will learn promising practices and resources for addressing implicit bias in the context of search and selection processes. Register hereFor more information about this workshop, contact Stef Jarvi at swilench@umn.edu or 612-624-0594.

March 2 — The Global State of Reproductive Health: Examining the Intersection of Health Equity, Politics and COVID-19
Join us for an International Women’s Day webinar series on gender, human rights, and COVID-19. Dr Senait Fisseha, Director of International Programs for the Susan Buffett Foundation, will reflect on the state of reproductive health globally and will discuss the ways in which the COVID pandemic and other political factors have impacted reproductive health services over the last year. Dr. Rahel Nardos will moderate. Co-sponsored by: Center on Global Health and Social Responsibility; Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy; Human Rights Program; Women’s Center; Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change; Global Rights for Women. 
March 4 — Stopping Femicide: COVID-19 Brings Renewed Global Urgency
Join us for an International Women’s Day webinar series on gender, human rights, and COVID-19. Violence against women is a pandemic within a pandemic, as COVID-19 has exacerbated the severity and frequency of all forms gender-based violence, including femicide. Join us in conversation with global and local activists who have led collective action to raise awareness and create change. Co-sponsored by: Center on Global Health and Social Responsibility; Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy; Human Rights Program; Women’s Center; Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change; Global Rights for Women. 
Register >> 

Articles & Resources


PROJECT IMPLICIT: Project Implicit is a nonprofit organization and international collaboration between researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting data on the Internet. Learn more or take a test here >>



IMPLICIT BIAS IN MEDICAL SCHOOL ADMISSIONS: The paper by Quinn Capers, MD, Daniel Clinchot, MD, Leon McDougle, MD, and Anthony Greenwald, PhD, is being used as a framework for the department's own implicit bias training.


U of M Orthopedist Works to Attract and Retain Diversity in Orthopedic Surgery and on the Ice

University of Minnesota Leaders Pave the Path for Women in Orthopedics

U of M Orthopedic Work Abroad: Making Patients Better One Country at a Time