Female High School and Medical Students Take Part in “Perry Outreach Program” at Orthopaedic Institute for Children

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Female high school and medical students interested in pursuing careers
in medicine and engineering received a boost to their professional
aspirations this past weekend by being part of a very special “hands-on”
program conducted at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children. Held in
co-sponsorship with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the event was part
of the nationally acclaimed Perry Outreach Program, which works to
inspire young women to be leaders in these fields and to foster their
understanding of and appreciation for the career that may lie ahead.

The Medical Student Outreach Program attracted women in their first or
second year of medical school who are undecided about specialty choice
or have expressed interest in exploring a career in orthopaedics.
Participants heard lectures from local women surgeons, networked with
industry leaders, and performed hands-on skills modules and mock
orthopaedic surgeries.

The following day young women from high schools (grades 10 and above)
attended a one-day program where they heard from women leaders in the
fields of medicine and engineering and received hands-on experience by
performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics exercises.

“Since its founding in 2009, the Perry Outreach Program has touched more
than 4,000 students nationwide; and we were honored to once again be the
Los Angeles host site for this prestigious program,” said Dr. Jennifer
Beck, associate director of the Center for Sports Medicine at OIC. “It
was invigorating to see the excitement on the faces of the attendees,
and we hope that this event helped inspire them to pursue these
important career paths.”

Despite the increasing number of women entering medical and graduate
school, women make up only 6.1 percent of fully accredited practicing
orthopaedic surgeons according to a 2014 survey by the American Academy
of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Only 12.4 percent of the faculty at engineering
schools is women, with that percentage being lower for mechanical
engineering. In the face of these numbers, the Perry Initiative was
created in 2009 in honor of Dr. Jacquelin Perry, one of the first female
orthopaedic surgeons in the country and a mentor to countless women and
men in the field throughout her celebrated career, which spanned from
1952 to 2013.

About Orthopaedic Institute for Children

Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) was founded in 1911 as Los
Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital. Focused solely on musculoskeletal
conditions in children, Orthopaedic Institute for Children receives
60,000 patient visits each year. In alliance with UCLA Health and with
the support of the OIC Foundation, we advance pediatric orthopaedics
worldwide through outstanding patient care, medical education and
research. Our locations in downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood
and Calexico treat the full spectrum of pediatric orthopaedic disorders
and injuries. For more information, visit us at ortho-institute.org.


Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Camille Strickland