Albuquerque Perry Initiative Outreach Program

Despite the fact that a rising number of females now enter medical and graduate school, only 12 percent of the faculty in orthopaedics and 7 percent of today’s practicing orthopedists are women, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. UNM’s Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation is trying to boost that statistic by annually hosting the nationally renowned Perry Initiative Outreach Program at the UNM Health Sciences Center. UNM Orthopaedics invites 40 female high school students, grades 10 and up from throughout New Mexico, who have an interest in engineering, orthopedic surgery or medicine to apply for participation.

The program, which typically runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is free to qualifying students and provides hands-on “mock surgical” exercises, plus presentations by local female surgeons and engineers. The Perry Initiative is named in honor of Dr. Jacquelin Perry, one of the nation’s first 10 female orthopedic surgeons. It currently conducts more than 30 outreach programs across the country engaging in excess of 1,000 high school, college and medical students. Each participant receives a complimentary pair of Perry Initiative scrubs, and lunch is provided. Download our fact sheet to learn more about the Perry Initiative.

The UNM Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation and Sandia Orthopaedic Alumni Society are proud to support the Perry Initiative. See how this one-day workshop helps to promote the fields of orthopaedics and engineering to young women.


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Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

MSC10 5600
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: 505-272-2231 (clinic hotline) 505-272-4107 (academic office)
Fax: 505-272-8098