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

Young women in high school and college interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering are invited to submit an application for a one-day, hands-on workshop with the University of New Mexico Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation.

The Perry Initiative workshop will be held Saturday, March 19, on UNM’s North Campus. Students will hear from women leaders in the medical field and perform mock orthopedic surgeries plus biomechanics experiments. The deadline to apply is Thursday, February 18. Those intereted in participating can apply online.

The Perry Initiative’s mission is to increase the numbers of women in orthopedic surgery and engineering through hands-on outreach programs, held across the country for high school, college and medical school students. Women currently comprise just 12 percent of academic faculty in orthopedics and 7 percent of practicing orthopedists, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Only 14 percent of engineers are women according to a 2012 Congressional Joint Economic Committee report. This year marks the fourth Perry Initiative Workshop sponsored by the UNM Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation.