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Women in Orthopaedics—Way Behind the Number Curve
Valerae Olive Lewis, MD1; Susan A. Scherl, MD2; Mary I. O’Connor, MD3
1 Section of Orthopaedic Oncology, The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail address for V.O. Lewis: volewis@mdanderson.org
2 Children’s Hospital Omaha, 8200 Dodge Street, Pavilion 4, Omaha, NE 68114
3 Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224. E-mail address: oconnor.mary@mayo.edu)
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Copyright © 2012 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2012 Mar 07;94(5):e30 1-7. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.J.01408
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    David L. Boardman, MD
    Posted on March 21, 2012
    Gender specific Orthopaedics
    Kaiser Permanente, Northwest

    I read with interest the recent 'Critical Issue' regarding how far behind the nation's residency programs might be in training women to become Orthopaedic Surgeons. In the spirit of transparency, I need to inform the nation's professional recruiters that Kaiser Permanente of the Northwest is proud to state that of the 50 Surgeons and Affiliated Clinicians we employ, a third of them (16) are women. Considering that more than 50% of our clients are women, this make-up of our workforce distinguishes us in our marketplace, allows us to flexibly meet the need of our patients, and avails us of some of the best trained and most competent providers our country has to offer. Although our recent recruiting efforts have not prospectively focused on attracting or hiring women, the trend has been undeniable. In the 8 years I have served as the physician leader of this diverse group of clinicians, I have never been more proud of the global product that we offer than I am right now. 'Gender Specific Orthopaedics' is here to stay. Bring it!

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