Our 2014 Perry Initiative Summer Interns, Amira Idris and Manuela Restrepo, have completed their internships and returned to classes at University of Delaware.
Amira and Manuela traveled to programs in Yakima WA, San Jose CA, Los Angeles CA and San Francisco CA, and they made a very important contribution to The Perry Initiative with their development of our new arthroscopic knee surgery module. The interns designed and fabricated these simulators of arthroscopic knee surgery using household items like buttons, as well as handheld cameras. The new modules have been very well received by participants in pilot programs, and we hope to bring these modules to all 2014/ 2015 programs. Support The Perry Initiative and help us fund these new modules here.
In addition to traveling to Perry Outreach Programs, the interns also had the opportunity to shadow Perry Initiative co-founder, Dr. Lisa Lattanza, in the operating room. Manuela said of her experience, “We were able to be present in the OR for three surgeries starting at 8am and ending at 6pm. The first surgery was the removal of a bony growth on the patient’s thumb, the second case was the removal of a duplicate thumb, and the last one was the construction of the olecranon in the elbow joint using an autograft from the patient’s hip and an allograft from a cadaver. While in the OR, we were able to move around the room to get a good look at the surgery, the staff in the room was very nice and didn’t seem to mind our presence at all. They answered our questions and explained each of their roles in great detail. Not only did we learn a lot but we also had a chance to see how our biomedical engineering training applies in the field. We are grateful to have had this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
The 2014 Perry Initiative Summer internships were sponsored by University of Delaware Service Learning Program. Amira and Manuela learned about non-profit management, in addition to developing the new arthroscopy modules. “Being involved with The Perry Initiative, one thing I learned about running a nonprofit was, although there are challenges along the way, the process to become successful and overcome these challenges can be fun and exciting when there is a great team with a passion to fulfill the mission of the organization. My experience as a Perry Intern was fun, exciting, and life changing. I have met some amazing people along the way, and hope to continue my involvement with Perry in the future.” said Amira of her summer internship.
We wish Amira and Manuela the best of luck as they both start their senior year of biomedical engineering major at University of Delaware. We have greatly enjoyed your time with The Perry Initiative, and we are so proud of the new arthroscopy module. Thank you both!
The Perry Initiative was honored to receive major funding from Chevron Energy Solutions again this year as part of San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s Heroes and Hearts Program. Chevron Energy Solutions has generously supported the development and expansion of The Perry Initiative in California and nationwide since 2010. This year’s grant of $100,000 will fuel further program expansion as well as new initiatives to bring our innovative curriculum to K12 and college classrooms. Thank you Chevron Energy Solutions for Paying It Forward to the next generation of women engineers and surgeons.
Recently the scientific journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, launched a series of articles focusing on men, women and their differences in terms of orthopaedic care and careers. Past Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society president and Perry Initiative Board of Directors member Dr. Amy Ladd authored three of the articles exploring these topics.
PubMed links to articles -
Fairness to all: gender and sex in scientific reporting - CORR‘s proclamation and recognition of importance of examining sex and gender in scientific studies
Let’s talk about sex, baby: gendered innovations in orthopaedic science - sex and gender in orthopaedic medicine
The sports bra, the ACL, and Title IX–the game in play - Title IX and women in sports
Title IX Education: Book Learnin’ and Bone Mendin’ - women in orthopaedic education and careers, with recognition of The Perry Initiative for role in early education
Thank you to CORR for recognizing sex specific differences in orthopaedic health, as well as working to bring more women into the field of orthopaedic surgery.
Although our programs slow down during the summer, the work never ends at The Perry Initiative! Internships funded by University of Delaware Service Learning Program will allow Amira Idris and Manuela Restrepo to design new modules for the Perry Outreach Programs, learn about non-profit management, and travel to our California programs in August 2014.
Amira and Manuela are both seniors majoring in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Delaware. Amira is a member of The University of Delaware Track and Field Team and co-founder and vice president of the Prosthetic and Orthotic Club. Manuela is the president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and vice president of the Biomedical Engineering Society. They are both very talented women! Read below for more from the interns in their own words.
What is your favorite thing about The Perry Initiative? Amira
I joined the Perry Initiative because as a female I understand the challenges young women face when it comes to getting involved in with the STEM fields. This is usually due to unawareness of the field and frustration. The goal of The Perry Initiative is to inspire young women to pursue the exciting fields of Orthopedic Surgery and Engineering. I think it would be great to have more females involved in the STEM fields. I am excited to be a participant in this process, and I hope to encourage other young women and girls to share my excitement and not be intimidated or afraid to try their hands in male dominated fields.
Why do you enjoy working with The Perry Initiative? Manuela
I enjoy working with The Perry Initiative because I have the opportunity to apply concepts I have learned in my classes while inspiring young women to pursue STEM careers. I also love traveling to the different cities where we take the program.
How did you get involved with The Perry Initiative? Manuela
I participated in The Perry Initiative program as a student when I was a sophomore in college. Going through the modules and listening to the stories of the faculty helped me narrow down what I wanted to major in which is Biomedical Engineering. I later reached out to Dr. Buckley about volunteering for the program and later applied to be an intern.
What is a typical day for a Perry Intern? Amira
The typical day involves planning and designing prototypes and preparing for Perry workshops, filling spread sheets, and meetings with our advisor and other interns that are involved in projects that are non-Perry related. As an intern you learn how to build with your hands, use different building tools, and design and print in 3-D.
Working with Perry is really fun, interesting, and exciting and we usually don’t notice the time passing by. Every day I learn something new about the engineering and the medical field, and other necessary skills by working with Perry and interacting with other engineering interns. And of course we also get to listen to music while we work!! FUN!!
Welcome Amira and Manuela! We look forward to working with you this summer as the first class of Perry Summer Interns!