Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) and Children's Hospital Los Angeles to Host 2017 Perry Outreach Program.
Program Open to Female High School and Medical Students Interested in Pursuing Careers in Medicine and Engineering, With Special Emphasis on Orthopaedics.
(LOS ANGELES – February 8, 2017) — Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Perry Outreach Program, a free hands-on experience for female high school students, as well as women currently enrolled in medical school, who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. The program, locally sponsored by the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), is part of the Perry Initiative’s national mission 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 will be held April 21 on the OIC campus in downtown Los Angeles and is intended for 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. That evening participants will hear lectures from local women surgeons, network with industry leaders, and perform hands-on skills modules and mock orthopaedic surgeries.
On April 22 young women from high schools (grades 10 and above) will attend a one-day program where they will hear from women leaders in the fields of medicine and engineering and will get hands-on experience by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics exercises.
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 femail 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. The program taking place at OIC is one of 30 such programs conducted throughout the year by the Perry Outreach Program, which to date has touched more than 4,000 students nationwide.
“We are delighted to once again be the Los Angeles host site for this prestigious program which is so important in encouraging young women to consider entering these important specialties,” said Dr. Jennifer Beck, associate director of the Center for Sports Medicine at OIC.
“The students who participate have repeatedly expressed how this experience opens their eyes to the incredible opportunities that await and inspires them to pursue careers that are not only personally fulfilling but have a meaningful impact on the lives of many,” added Dr. Rachel Goldstein, assistant clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Applicants for the program should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.