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January 4, 2016

Dr. Laurie Meszaros-Dearolf Appointed as Executive Director!

 

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The Perry Initiative is pleased to announce that Dr. Laurie Meszaros-Dearolf has been appointed as the Executive Director for the organization. Dr. Dearolf joined The Perry Initiative in 2013, most recently serving as the Associate Director, and has been responsible for the tremendous growth in our nationwide programming efforts at the high school and medical school levels. She jointed the organization after receiving her PhD in Bioengineering from University of Pittsburgh and has been active in K12 education, bioengineering, and orthopaedic surgery disciplines.  She will be taking over for Dr. Jenni Buckley, Co-Founder of The Perry Initiative, who has served as the part-time, volunteer Executive Director for the organization since its inception in 2009. Dr. Buckley will continue serve the organization as an officer on the Board of Directors as well as manage new curriculum development and program evaluation efforts. The appointment of a full-time, staff Executive Director represents a milestone for The Perry Initiative as an organization, and we are tremendously excited that Dr. Dearolf is assuming this role. Laurie’s dedication, talents, and energy have been a tremendous asset to The Perry Initiative for the past three years, and we look forward to further growth of the organization under her leadership.

December 1, 2015

Join with The Perry Initiative for #GivingTuesday 2015

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DONATE TODAY BY CLICKING ON THIS IMAGE

Today, on #GivingTuesday, we have set a goal to receive one donation (of any dollar amount) for every Perry Initiative Program we’ve ever held. That means we are looking for 152 donations to match 152 Perry Initiative Programs! We are calling this special campaign #perry1for1

Through our 152 programs, we’ve reached almost 4,000 talented women as participants in our Perry Outreach Program and Medical Student Outreach Program. Have you been a participant or volunteer at one of these programs? Now is the time to #payitforward to the next class of Perry Initiative participants!

Not able to make a monetary donation at this time? That’s okay – there are other ways you can contribute!

  • Show off your Perry Initiative love on social media using the hastags #givingtuesday #perry1for1 #payitforward #perryinitiative on twitterfacebook, instagram & snapchat
  • Take and share an #UNselfie and tell the world why you support The Perry Initiative

We continue to be impressed with the amazing women we meet all across the country, and we know you will be too! We truly believe that we are changing the face of engineering and medicine and sincerely appreciate your tax-deductible charitable contribution to help us meet our goals.

November 30, 2015

Exciting Results from Our Follow-Up Study

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Participants of the Perry Outreach Program held at Mayo Clinic, Arizona 2015. Students meticulously plan an intermedullary nail fixation surgery on a fractured femur.

We are excited to announce the results of our 5-year program evaluation, which was completed this fall and clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of our sustained programmatic efforts on building a pipeline of female talent in orthopaedics and engineering. 93% of our high school program alumnae are enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors in college, with 64% in the biosciences and 23% in engineering. 56% of these young women intend to go to medical school, with 23% likely or very likely to pursue orthopaedic surgery as a specialty. For our medical student cohort, which is relatively small given that the program was piloted in 2012, 27% matched into orthopaedic surgery. Look for these results and more details in an upcoming issue of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.

July 22, 2015

New fall program schedule announced!

The Perry Initiative is heading all over the country this fall! Check out our new schedule for Sept and Oct 2015, and join us at one of our programs in Texas, North Carolina, Kansas City, or Seattle, among others. Full schedule here.

July 7, 2015

Summertime Professional Development for Orthopaedics In Action!

We’re excited to announce three FREE professional development workshops this summer for middle and high school teachers on our exciting new curriculum, Orthopaedics In Action (OIA). Workshops will be held in July in Newark, DE, and Sacramento and San Francisco, CA. Check our events page for more details!

OIA is is unique, hands-on curriculum for middle and high school STEM classrooms that teaches engineering concepts through the lens of biomedical sciences. The curriculum is well aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. More information on OIA can be found at: www.perryinitiative.org/orthoinaction

We will be running more PD workshops throughout the year at our partner locations nationwide, so stay tuned for an OIA PD in your area!

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Upcoming Events

Feb
19
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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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