African Americans and Women in Orthopaedic Residency: The Johns Hopkins Experience

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Abstract

At the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, African Americans have comprised 22.9% of all residents admitted through the match program between enrollment years 1992 and 1998, and women have comprised 14.3%. The number of African American residents within the Orthopaedic program during any given academic year has been as high as 32%, and the number of female residents has been as high as 20%. These numbers have been achieved even though African Americans comprise only 1.5% of all United States orthopaedists, whereas women comprise only 2.3%. This achievement has been the result of a commitment by the chairman of the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to develop diversity within the department's residency program.

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