In line with it’s 75th anniversary in 2020, the COA is undergoing an important review, with the aim to analyze its Mission and Vision, restructure its core values and goals, as well as prioritize support for upcoming changes and new projects. All COA members were recently contacted to participate in a very brief survey asking for their input, which will greatly assist the Board and steering committee with this process. Your suggestions lead our discussions and we value your involvement. Additionally, a cross-section of members representing the diverse COA membership will also participate in a two-day retreat organized by the COA Executive and staff, early in the New Year. Stay tuned for more information on this process.
Gender Diversity Strategic Plan – November 2019
Orthopaedic surgery has the lowest percentage of female surgeons among surgical disciplines in Canada. In 1968, the percentage of practicing female orthopaedic surgeons was a mere 0.9%. By 2018 this percentage grew to 11.2%. Considering that at least half of medical school graduates are female, this remains far below the expected number of women entering orthopaedics. Many barriers have been identified that account for the difficulty in attracting women into orthopaedics as well as in advancing women into leadership roles. Implicit bias negatively affects all aspects of women’s orthopaedic surgery careers and has been implicated in the challenge of attracting women to orthopaedic surgery, optimizing career development for women, gender pay inequities, and the lack of leadership opportunities.
To address this challenge, the COA requires a comprehensive and cohesive plan to eliminate the systemic gender-based inequities that exist within the profession. Understanding that there is strength in diversity, the COA seeks to promote a culture of equity, not equality, where all individuals are afforded impartial access to the same opportunities. The COA Gender-Diversity Strategic Plan provides key strategies and practical actions to promote and advance gender equity within Canadian orthopaedics in order to maximize the talent, skill and diversity within specialty.
(French version available upon request)