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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery leadership recognized, in the fall of 2019, important desired behaviors and unacceptable conduct and behaviors as touchstones for our work together. Recognition of these is vitally important to the work we do as a team to continue to lead, grow, and improve for each other, our patients, our learners, and our research.

DPT DiversiTea Newsletter
The Duke DPT DiversiTea Newsletter was created by rising third-year Alexis M. Lacewell. The intent of the newsletter is to create a sustainable, interactive collection of work that embodies diversity, equity, and inclusion. Content for each newsletter can be submitted by students, faculty, and/or staff; submissions contain both historical and current events, and the content is multimodal, including art, music, literature, dance, etc. Each issue of the newsletter is followed by a DiversiTea & Coffee session where individuals from the program gather to discuss their favorite pieces from the issue and to have a dialogue about how the topics covered intersect with and apply to the practice of physical therapy. The purpose of the DiversiTea Newsletter is actualized when people apply what they have learned from the content and dialogue to positively influence the area of physical therapy in which they are most ingrained (i.e. admissions, community outreach, teaching, patient care, leadership & advocacy, etc.).



Orthopaedic Inclusion Workforce
The mission of the Duke Orthopaedics Orthopaedic Inclusion Workforce, made up of faculty, staff, and administrators, is to ensure that the best and the brightest individuals are represented within orthopaedics and given equitable opportunity to make invaluable contributions to the advancements of musculoskeletal healthcare. The OIW works to emphasize workplace inclusion and civility within our department and strives to increase cultural awareness and representation for improved health literacy, improved patient-provider communication and trust, and more efficient access to the delivery of care. 

Accepted Charges

  • Connect diverse students with mentors and facilitate exposure to orthopaedic surgery (Medical Education Experience)
  • Build a department culture that embraces diversity and inclusion (Faculty Experience)
  • Transform Duke Orthopaedics to represent the changing cultures of our patients, positively impacting the delivery of musculoskeletal care (Patient Experience) 

Guiding Principles

We are committed to creating an inclusive culture within our department in order to allow diverse individuals to thrive on both training and faculty levels

The goal is that diverse individuals be afforded truly equitable opportunities for excellence, without exclusion from majority programs or protocols.

Discrimination based on gender or ethnic background will not be tolerated by any member of the department, whether in the form of overt bias or micro-aggressions. 

Department and committee leaders will be responsible for the implementation and support of outlined initiatives.

OIW Members
Erica Taylor, MD, Chair of OIW
Ben Alman, Department Chair; Kelms Amoo-Achampong, PGY-4; Oke Anakwenze, MD; Edward Baldwin, PGY-4; El-Sheday Belay, PGY-4; Janet Bettger, Director of Health Policy and Implementation Science Research; Michael Bolognesi, MD, Holley Broughton, Communications Strategist; Chanel Copeland, PA, MHS; Melissa Erickson, MD; Jeff Hoder, DPT;  Caroline Hyde, Assistant to Head of Shoulder Surgery Section Surgeon; Gloria Liu, MD; Daniel Lorenzana, PGY-4; John McCall, Vice Chief of Administration and Operations Doctor of Physical Therapy Division and Occupational Therapy Doctorate Division; Kay Pallo, Staff Assistant for Dr’s Ruch and Richard; Dara Purvis, Chief Administrator, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Rachel Reilly, MD; William Richardson, MD; David Ruch, MD; Thorsten Seyler, MD, Dean Taylor, MD; Robyn Miller, Human Resources

OIW Resources, Readings, and Updates

Dr. Erica Taylor, OIW Chair, presented Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion @Duke Ortho: Moving Forward During a Movement at the July 13, 2020, Faculty Meeting. See her slides here.

Professor Ashleigh Rosette, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations and a Center of Leadership and Ethics Scholar at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. She is also a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences, video on 5 Things Leaders Must Consider to Effectively Address Racial Inequality

The On Being Project is an independent, nonprofit media and public life initiative, founded by Krista Tippett, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster, a New York Times bestselling author, and a National Humanities Medalist. Here she revisits a 2015 New York Times essay by Eula Bliss on White Debt, or listen to their discussion on Whiteness on a recent podcast.

Resources for Institutional Efforts Resources

Resources for Engaging in Anti-Racism Work and Practicing Solidarity

Resources for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) to Engage in Self-Care

Community Engagement
Duke Orthopaedics and DPT Walk for Solidarity
Members of Duke Orthopaedics and DPT joined hundreds of Duke health care workers across divisions in Duke Health's Walk for Solidarity in May 2020 in support of racial justice and equality, carrying the message that Duke stands stronger together. The “Moment to Movement” gathering included words from President Price, Chancellor Washington, and others and was part of a national movement of “White Coats for Black Lives” with many wearing white coats as a sign of support. 



Ortho team members marched on Saturday, June 6, in a peaceful protest against systemic racism and the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. David Kerr, Sneha Rao, Melissa Erickson, Ed Baldwin, Dan Lorenzana, Alex Lazarides, Brian Dial, John Wickman, and Kendall Bradley laid down for 8 minutes 46 seconds in solidarity as part of #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives ‬

For the past four years, Duke Orthopaedics has participated in the Perry Initiative Medical Student Outreach Program, a hands-on introduction to the field of Orthopaedic Surgery for women in medical school. A Perry Outreach Program is a one-day career exploration for young women in high school who are interested in careers in orthopaedic surgery, engineering, or both. Participants in a Perry Outreach Program (aka POP) will complete six hands-on mock surgeries and learn directly from local medical professionals & engineers. Doctors Ben Alman, Melissa Erickson, Elizabeth Hubbard, Joe Minchew, Rachel Reilly, Erica Taylor, Alison Toth, and Jocelyn Wittstein have hosted local high school girls interested in engineering and orthopaedics.


The Multicultural Resource Guide
The Multicultural Resource Guide outlines many of the resources available on Duke’s campus. We have attempted to be as comprehensive as possible, but if there is a group or organization that you would like to connect with that you do not see listed here, please let us know – we are here to help you and your family make those connections that are important to you so that you can be as successful and as comfortable as possible at Duke.