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.
Our DE&I Committee
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Committee was formed as part of our annual strategy to support a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive orthopedic team and improve patient care.
DE&I Committee Members
- Aaron Corfield, DPM - Committee Chair
- Joy Harken, MHA - Committee Co-Chair
- Joan Bechtold, PhD
- Joel Boyd, MD
- Jonathan Braman, MD, MHA
- Angela Bruzina
- Caitlin Chambers, MD
- Jessica Downes, MD
- Mahad Hassan, MD
- Paul Hoogervorst, MD, PhD
- Patrick Horrigan, MD
- Amber Janish, LPN
- Bibi Mohamed
- Patrick Morgan, MD
- Molly Olson
- Amber Prahl
- Erik Solberg, MA, MEd
- Paul Soriano
- Molly Struder, PA-C
- Marc Tompkins, MD
- Lily Wood, MD, PGY-3
- Monique York
Learn more about what the DE&I Committee accomplished in our first year!
Each month, the department focuses on a topic that reinforces an inclusive mindset. Resources such as published articles, short videos, and talking points are provided to all department members in a variety of ways. The intention is to spark a conversation, plant a seed, and weave DE&I topics into our department culture and daily lives.
September 2022: Learning Disabilities and Adult Learners
According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America, learning disabilities are due to genetic or neurobiological factors that alter brain function, affecting one or more cognitive processes related to learning.
Visiting Medical Student Scholarship for Underrepresented Populations in Orthopedics
The University of Minnesota is committed to achieving excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion. 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 2023 and 2024) 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.
- Applicants must be upcoming 3rd or 4th year medical students attending a domestic LCME-accredited medical school and provide the following documents:
- Current CV
- Unofficial transcript
- One Letter of recommendation
- Personal statement addressing how you contribute to DE&I in orthopedics
- Step 1 score (by uploading an USMLE unofficial transcript)
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 application period for the 2022-23 academic year is now closed. Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open in February 2023. If you have any questions regarding this scholarship, please contact Education Manager Erik Solberg, MA, MEd, at 612-273-1313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DE&I Grand Rounds
The department incorporates DE&I topics into its weekly Grand Rounds schedule. Previous presentations can be viewed below.
- Christopher Dunne, MD & Ryan Fouts, LCSW: Trans Healthcare & Orthopedics
- Michael Forseth, MD, Kelsey Wise, MD, PGY-5, Dolly Acosta, MD, and Engels Castellanos, MD: Honduras & One World Surgery: Sustainable Capacity-Building Care
- Marc Tompkins, MD, Nathan Bertelsen, MD, MScPH, Mahad Hassan, MD, and Kee Her-Yang, PA-C: An Approach to Culture and Communication
- Steven D. Jackson, MD, MBA: Advancing Health Equity: Actionable Strategies to Building Trust
- Antonia Chen, MD, MBA: Racial Disparities in Total Joint Arthroplasty
- Joel Boyd, MD: Black Medical Education and Health Care Disparities
- Scott E. Porter, MD, MBA, FACS, FAOA: How do Homogeneous Care Teams Serve a Diverse Population?
- 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, PGY-4: 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
- Joan Bechtold, PhD, Aaron Corfield, DPM, Stuart Grande, PhD, and Lily Wood, MD, PGY-1: Challenging the Habits of Care to Encourage Humble and Thoughtful Health Promotion for Underserved Patients
DE&I Book Club
The department hosts a DE&I Book Club for faculty, residents, and staff. If you would like information about the department's upcoming discussions, please contact Project Development Manager Joy Harken, MHA.
Previous Books Read
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota by Sun Yung Shin
Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine by Damon Tweedy, MD
Golem Girl: A Memoir by Riva Lehrer
Implicit Bias in Search and Selection Process
The University of Minnesota 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.
For more information about this workshop, please contact Stef Jarvi at email@example.com or 612-624-0594.
Mindful Moments Archive
- January: Implicit Bias
- February: Black History Month
- March: Antisemitism
- April: Ableism
- May: Islamophobia & Muslim Americans
- June: LGBTQIA+ Family Systems
- July: Refugee Populations in Minnesota
- 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
- October: The Dangers of Colorblind Ideologies
- November: Indigenous People & Native Americans
- December: Traditions & Beliefs
Additional Articles & Resources
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