Orthopaedic surgeons have long been stereotyped as a homogeneous group of athletic, brash, physically fit individuals. This perception may have a negative influence on residency applicants who fall outside that stereotype, and some evidence of that exists in the literature. Because most orthopaedic applicants have a strong interest in the field prior to medical school, it is important to evaluate the accuracy of such stereotypes during the high school and undergraduate years. The purpose of this study is to assess involvement in activities and hobbies typically ascribed and not ascribed to orthopaedic surgeons in a broad cohort, and to question the veracity of the current stereotype.
All United States members who are orthopaedic surgery attendings, residents, or fellows.