AO Access mentoring: Helping to build a healthier, robust, and inclusive community

The right mentoring connection may change your life.
The AO recognizes that mentoring is a life-long process with unique age dependent requirements which may vary between members of a diverse and inclusive community of surgeons, operating room personnel, health care professionals, and researchers.

In a series of interactive webinars targeting particular aspects of diversity and inclusion, mentorship and sponsorship, selected AO experts and invited speakers share their experiences and answer your questions.

The third AO Access webinar of this series is scheduled for November 7, 2020, from 21:00pm–22:15pm Central European Time (CET).

Learning objectives

At the end of this presentation the learner will be able to:
1. List the keys elements in establishing a good mentoring relationship.
2. Describe the differing needs between people of different age, gender, culture and religious background.
3. Discuss how mentoring relationships may improve your AO experience.
4. Aid and identify future AO leaders.
The webinar is a moderated panel discussion with a panel featuring expert speakers sharing their own unique experiences.

Robert McGuire, MD
AO Foundation President


Marinis Pirpiris, MBBS, BMedSci, GradDipEpidBiostat, MEpi, PhD, FRACS, FAOrthA
AO Access taskforce lead: mentorship
President Australian Orthopaedic Trauma Society
President Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association Trauma Society
Associate Professor
Epworth Hospital, Richmond

Panelist 1
W. Brad Johnson, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Leadership, Ethics & Law
United States Naval Academy
United States

Panelist 2
Annette Holian, MBBS FRACS FAOrthA MSurgEd
Monash Children's hospital
Division of Surgery-Orthopaedic Surgery
Group Captain, RAAF Reserves

Panelist 3
Samantha L. Morello, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
AO Access taskforce lead: faculty and leader development
Clinical Associate Professor of Large Animal Surgery
University of Wisconsin-Madison
School of Veterinary Medicine
United States

Amy Kapatkin, DVM, MS, DACVS
AO North America president
AO Access Steering Committee: diversity and inclusion representative
Professor of Small Animal Orthopedic Surgery, University of California-Davis
United States

Matthew J Allen, VetMB, PhD, MRCVS
AO Access taskforce lead: officer and faculty selection processes
Professor of small animal surgery, University of Cambridge
United Kingdom

Tatjana Topalovic
Senior Program Manager Diversity, Inclusion and Mentorship
AO Foundation, AO Education Institute

For any questions, please contact