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Webinar: AAOS, RJOS, and POSNA Present: How to Navigate Disabilities and Medical Conditions throughout Orthopaedic Training and Career
December 1, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CT
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This webinar is an AAOS Member Benefit!


Description:  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law designed to enable individuals with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society as well as to prevent discrimination.  Disabilities can be congenital, can arise from trauma or diseases, and also may include “hidden” medical conditions, such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, severe arthritis, cancer, diabetes mellitus, or PTSD.  Although the ADA requires reasonable accommodations to enable people with disabilities to enjoy equal employment opportunities, we do not often discuss how disabilities or medical conditions could possibly interfere with training in orthopaedic surgery or could even preclude a career in orthopaedics.  

Trying to navigate a surgical career with medical conditions or disabilities can be challenging.  Someone with diabetes may need regular meals and breaks to monitor blood sugar and insulin levels; a resident with cancer may require leave to receive radiation or chemotherapy treatments; an attending with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome may need modifications in the OR setting to be successful. 

Making the training and working environment more accessible, providing assistive technologies, modifying the training/work schedule, and creating a navigable environment in orthopaedics should be standard practice.  The faculty on this webinar have all contended with medical conditions and/or disabilities during training and in their careers. These esteemed leaders will provide insights on how to create a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive environment in orthopaedics for individuals with medical conditions and disabilities.

Learning Objectives:

-   Participants will be able to define the various disabilities and medical conditions that can make training and practice challenging.

-   Attendees will recognize how to modify the environment and schedule to accommodate various disabilities and medical conditions.

-  Participants will identify opportunities to assist and support colleagues and trainees with disabilities and medical conditions.

-  Participants will be able to create a welcoming, supportive, navigable, and inclusive environment in orthopaedics.

Director: Julie Samora, MD, PhD


  • Kurt Richard Weiss, MD
  • Sarah Anderson, MD
  • Carmen Quatman, MD, PhD
  • Evalina Burger-Van der Walt, MD, MB ChB
  • Kasey Cortese, MD

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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