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The mission of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association is to is to unite the national orthopaedic community through advocacy, education, research and practice standards. We do this by upholding our four strategic priorities and values derived from the membership we represent.
Between 2022 and 2025, the COA will sustainably:
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.
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(French version available upon request)
The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee will develop, maintain, and improve the competence, skills, and professional performance of orthopaedic surgeons and orthopaedic healthcare professionals by providing high quality, relevant, accessible, and effective educational experiences that address gaps in professional practice. The COA CPD program strives to meet the educational needs of orthopaedic surgeons and orthopaedic healthcare professionals and support their lifelong learning with a goal of improving care for orthopaedic patients.
The CPD committee will pursue its vision through:
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