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Program designed for young women interested in careers in orthopaedics & engineering

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) Young women throughout the greater Sacramento area are gathering for an all-day program designed to encourage and empower young women to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. The event takes place on Saturday, August 16, at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, 2425 Stockton Boulevard.

The Perry Initiative is an educational outreach program committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of orthopaedic surgery and engineering. The initiative empowers young women by running hands-on outreach programs across the country for women students in high school, college, and medical school.

Despite the increasing number of women entering medical and graduate school, women constitute only 12 percent of the academic faculty in orthopaedics and 7 percent of practicing orthopaedists, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Only 11 percent of the faculty at engineering schools are women, with that percentage being lower for mechanical engineering.

The Perry Initiative was founded in 2009 by Dr. Jenni Buckley, a mechanical engineer and Dr. Lisa Lattanza, an orthopaedic surgeon. The Perry Initiative started the Medical School Outreach Program to encourage first and second year women medical students to pursue careers in orthopaedic surgery. Today, The Perry Initiative runs over 20 outreach programs nationwide, reaching over 900 high school, college, and medical students.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip and scars from any cause. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.