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Diversity Equity and Inclusion

UNC Department of Orthopaedics is committed to fostering an inclusive environment. Our goal is to deliver outstanding orthopedic care to our patients which is only possible by recognizing and embracing the diversity of our patients, their families, our staff, and our trainees. Our mission is to create a community that respects and embraces all races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, beliefs, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Committee Statement on Medical Student Applicants – 11/08/2021 

“As we move from fall into winter our department looks forward to meeting the many of the talented medical students applying into Orthopaedics this year. Our department is aware of the crowd-sourced document which is shared each year among medical students to provide candid information about residency programs and the application process. While we encourage open discussion, we find the recent comments on this year’s document targeting women and underrepresented minorities in Orthopaedics unacceptable. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of North Carolina condemns this behavior and stands united in promoting a culture of inclusion and respect within our profession.”

Orthopaedic Department Diversity Committee

J. Megan Patterson, MD

Department Diversity Liaison

Andrew T. Chen, MD

Assistant Professor

Robert W. Esther, MD

Vice Chair of Education

Alysa Nash, MD

Orthopaedic Resident


University of North Carolina Resources

UNC School of Medicine Office of Inclusive Excellence

Provides coordination, oversight and leadership of the UNC SOM’s diversity and inclusion programs

UNC First Look Program

Medical students who are preparing for the residency application process to virtually visit the UNC

University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics Scholarship for Under-Represented Minority Medical Students

Provides funding to URM medical students looking for an externship experience in Orthopaedics.

Larry D. Keith Scholarship for Visiting Student Electives

Supplements the cost of this training opportunity and specifically targets underrepresented medical students

National Orthopaedic Resources

Ruth Jackson Society

Promotes professional development of and for women in orthopaedics throughout all stages of their careers.

J.Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society

To increase diversity within the orthopaedic profession and promote the highest quality musculoskeletal care for all people

The Perry Initiative

Building the pipeline for women in engineering and medicine

The Nth Dimension

Address and eliminate healthcare disparities for all communities by addressing the dearth of women and underrepresented minorities in orthopaedic surgery