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.
Medical School Dean's Lecture Series: DEI in the Departments
The Medical School Dean’s Lecture Series is a series of presentations offered to faculty, staff, and students in the Medical School community, as a response to critical issues that are emerging during the pandemic, as well as our efforts to address racial injustice and health disparities within our institution. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery was honored to participate in the September lecture. Assistant Professor Aaron Corfield, DPM, and Professor Jon Braman, MD, discussed the department's DEI committee initiatives, including how to implement and enact real change within the department and in orthopedics.
Each month, the department focuses on a topic that reinforces an inclusive mindset. Resources such as published articles, short videos, and talking points will be provided to all department members in a variety of ways. The intention is to spark a conversation, plant a seed, and weave diversity, equity, and inclusion topics into our department culture and daily lives.
October: The Dangers of Colorblind Ideologies
More often than not, we’ve heard someone say something such as, “I don’t see color,” or, “I treat everyone the same no matter their skin color.” Perhaps we remember saying and thinking these things ourselves. We have good intentions; so why is this a problem?
Colorblindness is a common ideology that, at first glance, appears to be supportive of diversity; however, in reality, it stifles racial diversity.
Colorblindness ignores the challenges faced by some and does little to eliminate discrimination. Furthermore, colorblindness keeps healthcare providers and professionals from identifying the contributing factors of healthcare disparities.
Our DE&I Committee
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery's DE&I 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
Joy Harken, MHA - Committee Co-Chair
Joan Bechtold, PhD
Joel Boyd, MD
Jonathan Braman, MD
Caitlin Chambers, MD
Jessica Downes, MD
Mahad Hassan, MD
Paul Hoogervorst, MD
Patrick Horrigan, MD
Amber Janish, LPN
Patrick Morgan, MD
Erik Solberg, MA, MEd
Molly Struder, PA-C
Marc Tompkins, MD
Lily Wood, MD
Learn more about what the DE&I Committee accomplished in year 1!
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 3rd and 4th 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.
- Must be an upcoming 3rd or 4th year medical student
- Attend a domestic LCME-accredited medical school
- Provide a current CV
- Upload an unofficial transcript
- Letter of recommendation from a professional reference who can speak to your goals and academic experience (One letter of recommendation only)
- Provide a personal statement addressing how you contribute to diversity in orthopedics
- Provide Step 1 score by uploading an USMLE unofficial transcript
- 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.
The deadline for all applications is Feb. 1, 2021. If you have any questions regarding this scholarship please contact Medical Student Coordinator Michelle Stepka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DE&I Grand Rounds
The University of Minnesota Department of Orthopedic Surgery incorporates diversity, equity, and inclusion topics into its weekly Grand Rounds schedule. Past presentations can be viewed below.
- Diversity Book Club Event: IBé, Shannon Gibney, & Sun Yung Shin: Diversity Book Club - A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
- Kelsey Wise, MD: Committing to Inclusive Excellence: Diversifying Orthopedics to Foster Innovation and Enhance Patient Care
- Aaron Corfield, DPM: A History of Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias in Miedicine: History and Today
- DE&I Shared Decision Making Team: Challenging Habits of Care to Encourage Humble and Thoughtful Health Promotion for Underserved Patients
DE&I Book Club:
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery hosts a DE&I Book Club for faculty, residents, and staff. If you would like information about upcoming discussions, please contact to Project Development Manager Joy Harken, MHA.
Implicit Bias in Search and Selection Process:
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 here. For more information about this workshop, please contact Stef Jarvi at email@example.com or 612-624-0594.
Mindful Moment Archive:
- March - Personal Pronouns
- April - Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality
- May - Asian American & Pacific Islander Experience an Increase in Racial Attacks
- June - PRIDE
- July - My Role & Participation in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
- August - A Year in Review
- September - Women in Medicine
Articles & Resources
Where it Starts:
Where it Starts is a new series by the University of Minnesota of videos, interviews, and articles featuring Black community members to celebrate Black History Month. Access the series >>
- 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 >>
- 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.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery Articles:
- 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
- Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Women and Minorities in Orthopaedics: AOA Critical Issues Symposium