A message from IODA President Kristy Weber:
Greetings to those committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in orthopaedics around the globe!
IODA has been busy since the March, 2021 newsletter. Based on the tireless efforts of Jennifer Green (Australia) over the past several years, the organization was in a position to develop a structure and the governance to sustain and move forward with the mission.
The purpose of IODA is as follows: The International Orthopaedic Diversity Alliance is created to improve musculoskeletal healthcare internationally by promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives to create an orthopaedic workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities. Evidence strongly supports diversity and inclusion in healthcare as a vital strategy in eradicating healthcare inequities. The primary role of IODA is to provide a global forum to identify, develop, share, support, engage with and advance diversity in all facets of orthopaedic surgery.
In this newsletter you will meet the newly formed Executive Committee and separate committee chairs, comprised of individuals around the world. You will read about our upcoming webinar at the British Orthopaedic Association on September 24, 2021, co-hosted with WOW. You will also note links to recent webinars, symposia, and news related to regional IODA efforts. We should not forget how important our industry partners are in promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in orthopaedics as you will note in several of the articles this month. Our Diversity Reference Library Committee, newly chaired by Julie Samora (US), is growing and will be a critical resource for orthopaedic surgeons around the world interested in the topic of DEI.
As you might know, I am an ardent follower of Brené Brown, the research professor in Texas who studies courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. A recent segment on her Dare to Lead podcast resonated with me as she contrasted a culture of ‘fitting in’ with a culture of ‘belonging’. In a culture of ‘fitting in’, we expect people to observe the setting and adapt to become who they think they need to be for success; whereas, in a culture of ‘belonging’, people are truly themselves so they can experience real connection. I think it is fair to say, we need to do the collective hard work in orthopaedic surgery to be sure we create an authentic culture of ‘belonging’ where there is proactive, strategic commitment to DEI. In contrast to a ‘fitting in’ culture where assimilation is valued and people are held to a narrow standard of the majority, a ‘belonging’ culture is set by a leader who cares for and connects with people with unique perspectives.
I am honored to serve as President of IODA and am committed to work alongside you to create a culture of belonging for everyone in our field.