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Diversity in Orthopaedic Surgery: What Is Next? What is Needed Collectively? How Do You Go About Effecting Positive Change?

Orthopedic surgery as a field is the least diverse medical specialty. Multiple factors contribute to the lack of diversity, including lack of diversity in medical school, lack of role models and mentors, and discrimination and bias. Addressing the lack of diversity includes use of data, implementation of targeted pipeline programs, individual physician advocacy, institutional recruitment and DEI initiatives, and leadership from professional organizations. Targeted pipeline programs and role models and mentors are very effective in increasing diversity. Cultural change is occurring, and the future orthopaedic workforce will be more diverse.

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