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.

Join us at our next event!

AOFAS On the Same Page: Diversity in the Workplace
Presented in collaboration with the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society

Wednesday, May 8
8:00 - 9:00 pm CT

Featured Book: Diversity in the Workplace: Eye-Opening Interviews to Jumpstart Conversations about Identity, Privilege, and Bias by Bärí A. Williams, Esq.

Moderators: Eslam Alkaramany, MBBCh; Christopher E. Gentchos, MD; Alysia K. Kemp, MD

In order to create an inclusive working environment, it is important to understand the experiences that diverse employees face in the workplace. Containing 25 real-life interviews, this book explores real-world issues in a modern workday dynamic for members of marginalized communities and managers looking to equalize an imbalance.

While the book will be the starting point for the discussion, you do not need to read the book to participate.

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AOFAS Annual Meeting Programming

AOFAS Annual Meeting 2024 in Vancouver, Canada, will include DEI speakers and programming. Stay tuned for more details!

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.

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Upcoming Events

Two workshops will be held in Fall 2024! Watch this page for details.


See our Instagram page for highlights from past workshops: