Program aims to get teen girls excited about surgery, biomedical engineering
By Gina Kim
Published: Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010 – 12:00 am | Page 3B
Tanya Vincent, 16, wanted to be a nurse one day.
But after the high school senior spent Saturday suturing a slab of pigskin and looking through the skin layers, connective tissue, muscles, tendons and ligaments of a pig leg, she has decided another title might be more appropriate – medical doctor.
“My aunt was a nurse,” she said. “I never thought about becoming a doctor, but it seems appealing to me now.”
Vincent was one of 18 girls from Antelope and River City high schools who spent the day at Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California delving into the fields of orthopedic surgery and biomedical engineering as part of the San Francisco-based Perry Initiative.