Hands-on science program for young women comes to UNM Saturday, March 14

Perry Initiative attracts high school students to orthopaedic surgery, engineering careers


The Perry Initiative will be holding an exciting, one-day program at UNM that aims to get young women interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering.

Women currently comprise only 7 percent of the surgeon and engineer workforce in orthopaedics. Event organizers believe that early exposure to these exciting, hands-on careers is key to boosting diversity and introducing fresh eyes and new perspectives to these life-changing fields.
Forty young women from 23 New Mexico high schools were selected to take part in the all-day program, performing surgical simulations to correct scoliosis deformity, fix a broken wrist, and repair a broken leg. Throughout the day, they will learn from prominent women surgeons and engineers.

The Perry Initiative is a non-profit organization that holds outreach programs nationwide. This is the third annual Perry event in New Mexico.


Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m.


UNM North Campus, Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education north building, 1001 Stanford NE (Corner of Stanford and Marble).


High school junior and senior girls from Alamogordo, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Clayton, Moriarty, Bloomfield, Taos, and Farmington, are attending. Female orthopaedic surgeons from UNM, including Dr. Deana Mercer (faculty), Dr. Elizabeth Mikola (faculty), Dr. Selina Silva (faculty), Dr. Jessica McMichael (faculty), Dr. Katherine Gavin (resident), Dr. Heather Woodin (resident), and Dr. Heather Menzer (resident), will lead hands-on workshops, as well as talk about how they came to be orthopaedic surgeons. Christina Salas, Ph.D. (faculty) from the UNM Department of Orthopaedics and Elizabeth Dirk, Ph.D. (faculty), from the UNM School of Engineering will also talk about how they came to be engineers.

CONTACT:  Christina Salas, PhD, UNM Department of Orthopaedics   530/566-4158

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