The J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society: Past, Present, and Future

Jaysson T. Brooks, Erica Taylor, Darryl Peterson, Eric Carson

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Officially chartered in 1998, the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS) is a multicultural society dedicated to improving the diversity of the orthopaedic surgeon workforce and ending disparities in musculoskeletal health care. The purpose of this article is to discuss why an organization such as the JRGOS was needed within the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and highlight the key figures in orthopaedic history who supported the formation of the JRGOS. It also highlights the present efforts of the JRGOS, which include mentorship of Black, indigenous people of color medical students, residents and fellows in training, and support of research related to disparities in musculoskeletal care. As the JRGOS enters its third decade of existence, additional partnerships with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Association, AALOS, Orthopaedic Diversity Leadership Consortium, RJOS, Nth Dimensions, BWOS, and industry will help to realize the dream of making the orthopaedic workforce as diverse as the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-349
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number8
StatePublished - Apr 15 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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