Find a Mentor

Developed primarily for minorities and females, the AAOS Mentoring Program encourages medical students to pursue rewarding careers in orthopaedic surgery. By fostering close, working relationships with experienced orthopaedic surgeons who can provide career guidance and uniquely personal advice the mentoring program helps candidates prepare for this diverse and challenging field.

Explore the links and articles below to learn more about what you can expect from your mentor and ways in which mentors have made a strong impact on some of today's successful orthopaedists.

We are in the process of evaluating the AAOS Mentoring Program to improve the experience for our participants. Please stand by for more information in the coming months.

We also encourage you to start or participate in an Orthopaedic Special Interest Group at your institution. For more information on OSIGs, please contact

About the AAOS Mentoring Program

Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
Founded as a support and networking group for the growing number of women orthopaedic surgeons in 1983, RJOS has expanded to offer guidance and mentoring for medical students and orthopaedic residents. RJOS recently published a book providing practical suggestions for women choosing and completing an orthopaedic residency.

J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society
A multicultural organization, the Gladden Society's mission is to increase diversity in the orthopaedic profession, improve musculoskeletal patient care by improving culturally competent care and eliminate musculoskeletal health care disparities in underserved groups. Learn about the mentoring and networking programs JRGOS can offer medical students and orthopaedic residents.