Hands-on with The Perry Initiative
The Perry Initiative, a national nonprofit organization, encourages young women to pursue engineering and medical careers, through day-long workshops designed to give high school and undergraduate college students an idea of what it's like to be a surgeon or engineer. 
Credit: John Arnold

What

The Perry Initiative, a national outreach program introducing high school students to careers in orthopedic surgery and engineering, is day-long event that features hands-on modules presented by UNM female physicians and engineers. The orthopedic surgery modules include Intramedullary Nail, Dissection, Suturing, Casting, Distal Radius Fixation and Total Knee Ligament Reconstruction led by UNM Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation physicians Deana Mercer, and Selina Silva, along with Christina Salas with UNM’s engineering department.

Who

Forty female registrants representing high schools from throughout New Mexico will participate. Perry Initiative representatives include Manuela Restrepo and Nicole Ray. Also contributing are UNM engineering students, medical students, and orthopedics cast technicians; and orthopedics residents Drs. Katherine Gavin, Heather Menzer, Brielle Payne, and Aditi Majumdar.

When/Where

Media are invited Saturday, March 19, 10-11 a.m. Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education northeast building, UNM North Campus, 1001 Stanford Drive NE. parking available in M Lot on Tucker Avenue, adjacent to Stanford Drive.

Why

To inspire more women to become leaders in the fields of orthopedic surgery and engineering since females currently comprise just 12 percent of academic faculty in orthopedics and 7 percent of practicing orthopedists, while only 14 percent are engineers.

Contact

Joy Van Meter, email JVanMeter@salud.unm.edu, 272-1223; cell 382-4795.