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
|Robert W. Esther, MD
Vice Chair of Education
|Alysa Nash, MD
University of North Carolina Resources
Provides coordination, oversight and leadership of the UNC SOM’s diversity and inclusion programs
Medical students who are preparing for the residency application process to virtually visit the UNC
Provides funding to URM medical students looking for an externship experience in Orthopaedics.
Supplements the cost of this training opportunity and specifically targets underrepresented medical students
National Orthopaedic Resources
Promotes professional development of and for women in orthopaedics throughout all stages of their careers.
To increase diversity within the orthopaedic profession and promote the highest quality musculoskeletal care for all people
Building the pipeline for women in engineering and medicine
Address and eliminate healthcare disparities for all communities by addressing the dearth of women and underrepresented minorities in orthopaedic surgery