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.
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 twitter, facebook, 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.
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.
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.
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!