Mission & History

Mission

At The Perry Initiative, we are committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering. We advance our mission principally by running hands-on outreach programs across the country for women students in high school, college, and medical school.

History

Women in Orthopaedics

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

Engineering & Orthopaedics

Engineers and orthopaedic surgeons work hand-in-hand to develop safe and effective implants for repairing broken bones, torn ligaments, and worn-out joints. Strong partnerships between surgeons and engineers are essential for improving the performance of orthopaedic implants and creating solutions to unmet clinical needs.

Our Namesake: Dr. Jacquelin Perry

The Perry Initiative is named in honor of Dr. Jacquelin Perry, who was one of the first ten women orthopaedic surgeons in the country and was a mentor to countless women and men in the field throughout her career. Dr. Perry’s academic career extends from 1952 to 2013, and she received numerous honors for her clinical and scholarly work, including Physician of the Year in 1994 by the State of California and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 by the Gait and Clinical Movement Society.  Dr. Perry was also awarded the first UCSF Jacquelin Perry Excellence in Mentorship Award at a Perry Initiative reception in 2012.  Dr. Perry passed away on March 11, 2013 at the age of 94 and is greatly missed.

Organizational Growth

The Perry Initiative was founded in 2009 by Dr. Jenni Buckley (a mechanical engineer) and Dr. Lisa Lattanza (an orthopaedic surgeon). The first Perry Outreach Program for high school students was held in the summer of 2009 in San Francisco, California. In 2010, the high school program expanded nationwide. In 2011, the organization was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit, governed by a Board of Directors consisting of prominent women in the engineering and medical fields. In 2012, 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 30 day-long outreach programs nationwide, reaching over 1000 high school, college, and medical students.

Upcoming Events

Aug
8
Sat
2015
8:30 am POP – San Jose, CA @ Stryker Endoscopy
POP – San Jose, CA @ Stryker Endoscopy
Aug 8 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in San Jose, CA, which will take place at Stryker Endoscopy on August 8, 2015. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
Sep
12
Sat
2015
8:30 am POP – Phoenix, AZ @ Mayo Clinic Arizona
POP – Phoenix, AZ @ Mayo Clinic Arizona
Sep 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Phoenix, AZ, which will take place at Mayo Clinic Arizona on September 12, 2015. We will be holding our POP event for high school students in the[...]
Sep
19
Sat
2015
8:30 am POP – Newark, DE @ University of Delaware
POP – Newark, DE @ University of Delaware
Sep 19 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Newark, DE, on the University of Delaware Campus on September 19th, 2015. We will be holding our POP event for high school students in the[...]
Sep
26
Sat
2015
8:30 am POP – Dallas, TX @ University of Texas Southwestern
POP – Dallas, TX @ University of Texas Southwestern
Sep 26 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Dallas, TX, at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center on Saturday, September 26th, 2015. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
8:30 am POP – Durham, NC @ Duke University
POP – Durham, NC @ Duke University
Sep 26 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Durham, NC, which will take place at Duke University on September 26, 2015. We will be holding our POP event for high school students in the[...]

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