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2 Michigan Medicine physicians on hurdles to diversity in orthopedics

By Admin | June 28, 2021

Michelle Caird, MD, became the chair of orthopedic surgery at Michigan Medicine in May, and she brings to the role a unique perspective, being one of few female orthopedic surgeons in the U.S.

In 2018, the most recent data available, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reported 92 percent of membership were men.

Dr. Caird told the university's Health Log that she feels a sense of duty to help other women overcome the obstacles of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Diversifying the field is an uphill battle. In 2019-2020, women were less than 16 percent of orthopedic residents, according to Michigan Medicine research.

Dr. Caird has directed the health system's orthopedic residency program, where she started a diversity, equity and inclusion committee within the orthopedic department last year. The committee is focused on strengthening diversity and inclusion in the pipeline for students and trainees, especially for...(More)

For more info please read, 2 Michigan Medicine physicians on hurdles to diversity in orthopedics, by Becker's SpineReview

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