CORD Town Hall: Fostering a JEDI Residency Program (Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive)
Practical Tools and Tips to Support URM Residents

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Zoom Webinar


As the AOA and its Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) program continues to support the orthopaedic specialty on the road to becoming Just, Equitable, Diverse, and Inclusive (JEDI), participate in this candid conversation with other colleagues in orthopaedic graduate medical education. A diverse group of panelists will facilitate the discussion.

Co-Moderators: Kimberly J. Templeton, MD, FAMWA, FAOA; and Joshua C. Patt, MD, MPH, FAOA

8:00pm – Welcome/Brief Introduction

8:05pm – Panel Discussion
Moderator: Gabriella E. Ode, MD
Panelists: Jaysson T. Brooks, MD; Eric W. Carson, MD, FAOA; Selina Poon, MD; Vincent H. Key, MD

  • Discussion of issues & challenges faced in life/training
  • Characteristics of allies that provided support
8:30pm – How Program Directors can better support URM residents
  • Recruiting and attracting to your program – Anthony E. Johnson, MD, FACS, FAOA
    • How to make your program more welcoming to URM applicants and make them feel that they belong – even if the program has no history of training URM residents.
  • Onboarding and making connections – R. Randall McKnight, MD; A. Rashard Dacus, MD, FAOA
    • Transition to residency
    • Finding advocates
    • Support mechanisms
  • Problems – Melvyn A. Harrington, Jr., MD, FAOA; MaCalus V. Hogan, MD, MBA, FAOA; Linda I. Suleiman, MD
    • Understanding what is really happening in your own program
    • Recognizing inadvertent microaggressions vs. hypersensitivity
    • Providing negative feedback in a formative or constructive manner
      • How to not “pile on” when criticism comes
    • Opening lines of communication
9:05pm – Q&A/Open Discussion
  • Recommendations for how programs can start this conversation and open communication channels


This CORD Town Hall is open to anyone interested in participating in this discussion. Questions? Contact The webinar will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.