The University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation is proud to engage our local, regional, national, and international communities—ranging from departmental events to outreaching beyond the university. Feel free to peruse our recent and ongoing events below!


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EVERY YEAR: Since 2013, we have proudly hosted an all-day event for female high-school students: the Perry Outreach Program (POP). At the POP, a group of volunteer physicians, residents, and medical and engineering students lead about 40 female participants in hands-on workshops and open discussions. Every year, we strive to actively educate the young women of New Mexico on the essential collaboration between medicine, engineering, and pursuing your ambitions.

SciGirls of New Mexico

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IN APRIL 2017: Spring was in the air—and so was science! On April 20, 2017, Dr. Christina Salas and members of our research team participated in SciGirls (a national outreach initiative) at Van Buren Middle School. Produced by PBS and supported in Albuquerque by KNME-TV and KNMD-TV, SciGirls encourages young girls to explore and succeed in STEM-related actives. We engaged the students in open discussions on current research, ranging from forming bioengineered tissues to creating 3D-printed prosthetic hands. We concluded the 1.5-hour program with a mini workshop: assembling your own 3D-printed prosthetic hand!

Dream Makers Health Career Program

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IN FEBRUARY, MARCH, AND APRIL 2017: We had the privilege to team up with the extraordinary Dream Makers Health Career Program to talk about engineering, medicine, research, and (of course) the Perry Outreach Program. Christina Salas, PhD, and her team of engineers toured high-school students throughout our Orthopaedic Biomechanics & Biomaterials Laboratory. In another room, members of our research team spoke about multidisciplinary careers in healthcare. We hope to show the students of New Mexico that pursuing a career in healthcare is not only possible—but probable!

Lunch with a Scientist Program: Bosque High School


IN JANUARY 2017: Members of our research team were honored to speak at Bosque High School on January 18th. Our program specialist, Joy Van Meter, led the discussion about our research team and related exploits at UNM Orthopaedics. In addition to spreading word of the upcoming Perry Outreach Program, we aimed to provide a multidisciplinary glimpse into the world of engineering and medicine—where numerous kinds of careers await!

MESA North/North Central Region Leadership Summit 2016

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IN NOVEMBER 2016: We drove up to Las Vegas (New Mexico!) on 11/14/16 to participate in an all-day outreach event for middle- and high-school students throughout the state—the North/North Central Region Leadership Summit 2016, created by New Mexico MESA. Dr. Christina Salas from UNM Orthopaedics/Mechanical Engineering and Dr. Elizabeth Dirk from UNM Chemical & Biological Engineering combined forces to teach young minds about engineering, which culminated in quite the hands-on activity: assembling a 3D-printed prosthetic hand!


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IN SEPTEMBER 2016: The Perry Initiative selected UNM Orthopaedics to host a new program model on Saturday, September 17, 2016: the Medical Student Outreach Program (MSOP) Kit. Similar to our annual Perry Outreach Program, the MSOP Kit involves hands-on workshops and open discussions for women about orthopaedic surgery. About 30 female UNM medical students (first- and second-years) partake in this free opportunity to network with physician-mentors—and gain insight into a lifelong career.


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IN JULY 2016: Dr. Deana Mercer, Joy VanMeter, and Angelina Rodriguez (left) lead high-school participants of the Health Career Academy at the casting workshop on July 21. For an hour and a half, the students explored appropriate techniques to apply stockinette, cotton padding, and cast tape. Quite the cast of excellent young surgeons-to-be!



IN JUNE 2016: Members of our research team help Sandra Bejarano Jimenez (left) and Nelly Nunez (right), two participants of the Innovation Academy for Women of the Americas program at UNM. Sandra and Nelly presented their 8-week projects on June 28, and Sandra recently received a UNM postgraduate scholarship for her research on virtual simulation in helping patients with upper-extremity amputations use prosthetic devices! Left photograph: left to right, Sherif Aboubakr, Jodie Gomez, Sandra, Rachel Tufaro, and Dr. Christina Salas. Right photograph: left-to-right, Rachel, Mojgan Maadandar, Sherif, Nelly, Jodie, Christopher Buksa, and Dr. Salas.

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

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1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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