View the history of Open Door here.

ORS Open Door 2024

Date: Friday, February 2, 2024; 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM PST

Venue: Long Beach Memorial Conference Facilities

Local Partner: CSU Long Beach STEM Outreach and the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement) Program

Audience: Middle school-aged students from the local Long Beach school districts (120 kids, Paramount Unified School District)

Planning Committee: 8 members across the ORS Social Media Committee, Public Outreach Committee, Scientific Communications Committee, and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.


Fairfield University

Sports Medicine / MSK Biomechanics

UT Southwestern

Skeletal Cell Biology

Virginia Tech

Gait Biomechanics and Engineering

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Orthopaedic Medicine


  • Sports Medicine / Biomechanics
  • Cartilage & Bone
  • Spine


*Agenda subject to change

9:00 AM – 9:20 AM: Students Arrival and Registration

9:20 AM – 9:40 AM: Welcome / Warmup Activities, Pre-Program Poll

9:40 AM – 10:00 AM: Sports medicine / MSK biomechanics with John Drazan, PhD, Fairfield University 

10:00 AM – 10:20 AM: Skeletal Cell Biology with Paula Hernandez, PhD, UT Southwestern

10:20 AM – 10:50 AM: Gait Biomechanics and Engineering with Robin Queen, PhD, Virginia Tech

10:50 AM – 11:10 AM: Orthopaedic Medicine with Donna Pacicca, MD, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

*All talks: 12 min + 5 min Q&A

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM: Lunch break; ECOTA Elevator Pitch

12:00PM – 12:40 PM: Discussion Panel

MODERATOR: Sharon Smith-Terry, Chief Executive Director, ORS

  • Hugo Giambini, PhD, UT San Antonio
  • Paula Hernandez, PhD, UT Southwestern
  • Sade Clayton, PhD, Washington University

12:45 PM- 2:15 PM: Hands-On Activities / Workshops / Demos (rotating, 25 min + 5 min transition

  •  Sports Medicine / Biomechanics with John Drazan, PhD
  • Cartilage & Bone with Hope Welhaven, BA and Nathanael Reveal, Bioquant
  • Spine with Sade Clayton, PhD and Chester Lowe, Kubtec

2:20 PM – 2:50 PM: Concluding Remarks and Final Q&A

2:50 – 3:00 PM: Post-Program Poll / Dismissal

Take a Look at Last Year

ORS Open Door 2023 took place on Friday, February 10th from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM CST at the UT Southwestern Medical campus.

ORS Open Door is an outreach activity aimed at communicating key aspects of orthopaedic/musculoskeletal science to the general public. [Note: in addition to our 2023 event, you can read about past Open Door activities held in 2020 HERE.]

Open Door 2023’s target audience was middle school- and high school-aged students from the local Dallas area. A particular focus of this year’s event was outreach to under-represented minorities and first-generation students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields, as the demographics of the participating school districts were >60% Hispanic/Latinx and >15% African American student populations.

The overarching goal of ORS Open Door 2023 was to get students excited about the possibility of future careers in the musculoskeletal sciences, introducing them to a wide variety of professional pathways and work performed by our ORS members. This year’s audience consisted of high school students who are considering college and future career plans, and middle school students who are choosing their educational trajectory (something that takes place in the Texas school system in middle school).

The program engaged participants in presentations and activities designed to teach about potential careers and topics related to musculoskeletal sciences. Events of the day featured four ORS speakers presenting short talks, a discussion panel of ORS members from under-represented minority backgrounds and first generation students, and three hands-on workshops/demos. The ORS partnered with STARS (Science Teacher Access to Resources at Southwestern) who provided space, A/V support, refreshments for the students (lunch), and registration.

Click the links below to check out Open Door 2023 on TikTok

About the ORS

For over 60 years, the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) has been the leading research society supporting engineers, orthopaedic surgeons, biologists, and clinicians in pursuit of a world without musculoskeletal limitations.

The ORS continues to bring together the best researchers and surgeons in the world and gives them a community to share new research findings, discuss new ideas and to collaborate in new and innovative ways. The ORS offers programs that teach, mentor and encourage our members while inspiring them to move the field of orthopaedic research forward.

Learn more about how you can advocate for increased funding for musculoskeletal research.

Interested in partnering with us?
Contact ORS Advocacy Council Chair, Meghan McGee-Lawrence, PhD, at [email protected].