DePuy Synthes partners with the Canadian Orthopaedic Association to provide leadership development opportunities for underrepresented groups

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MARKHAM, ON – June 14, 2022 – As part of its ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, DePuy Synthes is helping drive change within the Canadian orthopaedic community, supporting a unique scholarship opportunity in partnership with the Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA). 

The Diversity in Leadership Scholarship is open to any member of the COA – resident, fellow, surgeon or allied health professional – who self-identifies as a member of an underrepresented group in Canadian orthopaedics and demonstrates applicability for developing leadership skills.  The scholarship provides funding for candidates to attend a leadership course or conference of their choice.

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DePuy Synthes Canada partnered with the Canadian Orthopaedic Association to honour some of the winners of the Diversity in Leadership Scholarship at the COA Annual Meeting in early June 2022.

“Our goal with this scholarship is to combat disparities and strengthen the pipeline of future leaders in orthopaedic healthcare,” says Antoine Eloi, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, DePuy Synthes Canada. “We believe strongly that when diverse leadership perspectives are included in healthcare delivery and decision-making, innovation thrives, and we all benefit.”

Five orthopaedic health providers were awarded the Diversity in Leadership Scholarship for 2021, and some were honoured at the COA’s Annual Meeting in Quebec City on June 9, 2022. They include:

  • Jennifer Purnell, Harvard Medical School course, “Career Advancement and Leadership Skills for Women in Healthcare”
  • Laura Morrison, International Conference on Residency Education, “Developing and Leading People: A Leadership Masterclass.”
  • Mary Sun, PLI course, “Leadership Begins with Self-Awareness”
  • Annalise Abbott, Association of Women Surgeons Annual Conference
  • Melinda Fowler, PLI course, “Leading High-Performance Culture”

Dr. Laurie Hiemstra, President, COA highlights the value of this program. “It’s so important to try to support people financially as they try to improve their leadership skills, but also very important to show people that there are other pathways out there and other things they can do and try that they might be really good at. It shows we care about our leadership, we’re here in support and want to build a new generation of diverse leaders in Orthopaedics in Canada.”

The COA is a not-for-profit professional association representing the interests of orthopaedic surgeons in Canada.  It provides members with continuing medical education, subspecialty support, knowledge sharing, advocacy platforms, fellowship programs, leadership opportunities and collaboration with other health-care associations. 

DePuy Synthes, the Orthopaedics Company of Johnson & Johnson, provides one of the most comprehensive Orthopaedics portfolios in the world that helps heal and restore movement for the millions of patients we serve. DePuy Synthes solutions, in specialties including joint reconstruction, trauma, craniomaxillofacial, spinal surgery and sports medicine, in addition to the VELYS™ Digital Surgery portfolio, are designed to advance patient care while delivering clinical and economic value to health care systems worldwide. 

Building on our proud product innovation and legacy of industry firsts, we are reimagining the orthopaedic landscape with new advancements in medical technologies and digital surgery across the entire continuum of care to Keep People Moving today and tomorrow.