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 make up only 6.1% of fully accredited practicing orthopaedic surgeons according to 2014 survey by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Only 12.4% 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

May
7
Sat
2016
8:30 am POP – Columbia, SC @ University of South Carolina
POP – Columbia, SC @ University of South Carolina
May 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Columbia, SC, which will take place at the University of South Carolina on May 7, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high[...]
May
14
Sat
2016
8:30 am POP – Jacksonville, FL @ Mayo Clinic
POP – Jacksonville, FL @ Mayo Clinic
May 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Jacksonville, FL, which will take place at the Mayo Clinic on May 14, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
8:30 am POP – New York, NY @ Hospital for Special Surgery
POP – New York, NY @ Hospital for Special Surgery
May 14 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in New York, NY, which will take place at the Hospital for Special Surgery on May 14, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high[...]
May
21
Sat
2016
8:30 am POP – New Haven, CT @ Yale University
POP – New Haven, CT @ Yale University
May 21 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in New Haven, CT, which will take place at Yale University on May 21, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
Jul
8
Fri
2016
9:30 am POP – Royal Oak, MI @ Beaumont Health
POP – Royal Oak, MI @ Beaumont Health
Jul 8 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
We are pleased to announce a Perry Outreach Program in Royal Oak, MI, which will take place at Beaumont Health on July 8, 2016. We will be holding our POP event for high school students[...]
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