Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


The AOFAS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Initiative was established in 2021 to:

  • conduct an assessment of the current AOFAS environment

  • identify ways to address DEI issues in the workplace and in patient care

  • work toward increased representation of under-represented minorities (URM) in foot and ankle orthopaedics as a profession as well as in AOFAS leadership roles.

The DEI Committee reports directly to the AOFAS Board of Directors with representation from the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation Board of Directors as well.


AOFAS Members, please help the DEI Committee by participating in the Member Census. Go to your Member Profile and update the information in "My Demographics" (under My Account Links).

Current Programs

AOFAS On the Same Page

These discussions address books and journal articles on healthcare inequities along with diversity and inclusion issues for the profession.

Register for our next event!

AOFAS On the Same Page: The Remedy
Presented in collaboration with Pride Ortho

Tuesday, April 25
8:00 - 9:30 pm CT

Moderators: Jacqueline Nguyen, MD, and Joseph Letzelter, MD

Featured Book: The Remedy: Queer and Trans Voices on Health and Health Care, edited by Zena Sharman

The Remedy is a diverse collection of real-life stories from queer and trans people on their own healthcare experiences and challenges. The book also includes essays by healthcare providers, activists, and leaders about the challenges, politics, and opportunities surrounding LGBTQ health issues.

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AOFAS Annual Meeting Programming

AOFAS Annual Meeting 2023 will include a DEI Symposium and reception. Stay tuned for details.


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Bioskills Workshops

In collaboration with Nth Dimensions, AOFAS holds half-day skills workshops to introduce first- and second-year URM medical students to orthopaedic surgery, specifically foot and ankle surgery.

Upcoming Events

  • August 26: University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

  • September 21: AOFAS Annual Meeting (Louisville, KY)

  • October 28: Morehouse University (Atlanta, GA)


See our Instagram page for highlights from past workshops!