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

Feb
19
Fri
2016
4:30 pm MSOP – Maywood, IL @ Loyola University of Chicago
MSOP – Maywood, IL @ Loyola University of Chicago
Feb 19 @ 4:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We are pleased to announce a Medical Student Outreach Program on February 19, 2016 which will take place at Loyola University of Chicago. We will be holding our MSOP event for current medical students in the[...]
Feb
20
Sat
2016
8:30 am POP – Maywood, IL @ Loyola University of Chicago
POP – Maywood, IL @ Loyola University of Chicago
Feb 20 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Maywood, IL, which will take place at Loyola University of Chicago on February 20, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high school[...]
Mar
2
Wed
2016
8:00 am MSOP – Orlando, FL @ AAOS Annual Meeting 2016
MSOP – Orlando, FL @ AAOS Annual Meeting 2016
Mar 2 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
We are pleased to announce a Medical Student Outreach Program on March 2, 2016 which will take place at the AAOS Annual Meeting at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. We will be holding our[...]
Mar
5
Sat
2016
8:30 am POP – Orlando, FL @ Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
POP – Orlando, FL @ Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
Mar 5 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Orlando, FL, which will take place at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort on March 5, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
Mar
12
Sat
2016
8:30 am POP – Fargo, ND @ North Dakota State University
POP – Fargo, ND @ North Dakota State University
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Fargo, ND, which will take place at North Dakota State University on March 12, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
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