True Grit in Leadership: 2018 AOA Critical Issues Symposium Addressing Grit, Sex Inequality, and Underrepresented Minorities in Orthopaedics

Julie Balch Samora, James R. Ficke, Samir Mehta, Kristin L Weber

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Abstract

Grit is a positive noncognitive trait that is based on an individual's passion for long-term goals, coupled with a powerful motivation to achieve. Grit has been shown to be a greater predictor of success than intelligence. As the curriculum for orthopaedic trainees continues to evolve, deliberate practice for surgical skills, encouraging a growth mindset, and enhancing grit may be as important as preparation for board examinations. Although talent and skill play a role in achievement, the effort put forth in developing a skill can dramatically affect the ultimate achievement. Therefore, grit is a trait that can be developed. As educators, we can encourage hard work, reflection, and appropriate risk-taking. Implicit biases and microaggressions occur on a daily basis within orthopaedics, and grit will be an important trait to possess in order to combat these biases. However, we also will have to work as a community to create a more welcoming culture to underrepresented groups so that we can provide the highest level of musculoskeletal care and improve patient outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere45
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - American Volume
Volume101
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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