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January 30, 2015

Introducing Orthopaedics in Action!

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We are excited to introduce new hands-on curriculum appropriate for use in co-ed middle and high school STEM classrooms. Orthopaedics in Action (OiA) has been designed to meet national education standards (NGSS) while providing real world applications of traditional subjects such as math, physics, and biology. OiA kits come complete with five stand-alone lessons that aim to span the gap between engineering and the biomedical sciences.

 

Kit Contents 

-5 individual hands-on classroom lessons (45-60 min) centered around case studies introducing orthopaedic and engineering concepts

-High quality equipment, including reusable anatomical models and biomechanical testing stations

-Complete professional development materials, including video training, lesson plans, and class handouts

 

Lessons 

Engineering an Ex-FixEngineering an Ex-Fix

Fix a broken tibia by assembling an external fixator. Perform a biomechanics experiment to determine if your design is optimized.

Core Concepts: Geometry, structural design, force interactions, data collection and analysis.

 

Anatomy of Anatomy of a Knee Injury.a Knee Injury

Given a knee model and a series of diagnostic tests, determine what ligaments the patient injured.

Core concepts: Structure and function, data collection and analysis, anatomy.

 

 

 

 

 

ScoScoliosis Diagnosis liosis Diagnosis

Determine the severity of a patient’s scoliosis and prescribe a treatment plan.

Core concepts: Geometry, trigonometry, data collection and interpretation, anatomy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get A Grip

Get a Grip

Learn about the pulley systems in the hand and how simple machines are used to manipulate forces.

Core concepts: Simple machines, forces and motion, data collection and analysis.

 

 

 

 

 Repair that TearRepair That Tear

Repair a torn tendon using surgical suturing techniques then perform a mechanical stress test to determine the best method.

Core concepts: Structure and function, mechanical testing, data collection and analysis.

December 3, 2014

Thank you, Mari!

Our Business Director, Mari Collings, is moving on after four years of service with The Perry Initiative. Mari was our first employee, joining the Perry team in Summer 2010, and she was instrumental in the growth of the organization from a summer program in San Francisco to a national STEM program. For four years, Mari worked behind the scenes on fiscal management and vendor relations, building a strong infrastructure for our organization that has allowed us to grow exponentially. Thank you, Mari, for all that you have done for us here at Perry. We wish you all the best.mari crop

December 1, 2014

Perry Initiative in “One Nation Under Taught” by Dr. Vince Bertram

The Perry Initiative is proud to be mentioned as an exemplary STEM program in Dr. Vince Bertram’s new book, “One Nation Under Taught: Solving America’s Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math Crisis.” Dr. Bertram is CEO of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a nationally recognized non-profit organization with innovative K12 curriculum and professional development in the engineering and biomedical disciplines.”One Nation Under Taught” is currently at #7 on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction List. Congrats to Dr. Bertram and PLTW, and thanks for recognizing the work we do here at Perry!

Click here to purchase “One Nation Under Taught” from an independent bookseller!

September 10, 2014

The Perry Initiative 2014 Summer Interns Make Their Mark

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.

Amira and Manuela are ready for surgery!

Amira and Manuela are ready for surgery!

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!

 

August 27, 2014

Perry Alumnae Continue Orthopaedic Surgery Research at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI

Perry alumnae continue to pursue their interest in orthopaedic surgery and engineering research by working in the Orthopaedic Research Lab at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. This summer, three Perry Outreach Programs alumnae worked in the lab this summer–Harshita Pinnamaneni, Mackenzie Fleischer and Kelley Park. Harshita volunteered in the lab last summer, and then this summer she was hired as a paid summer internship working in the implant retrieval section. Mackenzie and Kelley both applied, and were accepted for, the summer cycle of the SOAR (Student OrthopAedic Research) volunteer program. This program is highly competitive and typically accepts 1-2 students/level (i.e. high school, undergraduate, medical school). It includes both lab-based volunteering as well as the experience to shadow orthopaedic surgeons in the OR. Beaumont Hospital offers the program during three cycles throughout the year:  summer, fall, and spring. Applications were due on 8/1 for the fall cycle, and we will have another Perry grad–Emily Fisher–volunteering in the lab beginning in a few weeks.
Dr. Rachel Rohde and Erin Baker are our Perry Outreach Program hosts at Beaumont Hospital, and we love working with them. Erin said, “We strive to connect with our site’s Perry grads, as they determine their career pathways after the program. By offering your program annually and keeping the conversation open with POP grads, we hope to be a small piece of the puzzle that increases the number of women choosing orthopaedic surgery and engineering careers.” Thank you both for your dedication to increasing the number of women in orthopaedics and engineering. We love to see the photo below of women in orthopaedic engineering research!
L to R:  Erin Baker, MS (Engineer, POP site co-coordinator); Abigail Davidson (Engineering intern, POP volunteer); Meagan Salisbury (Engineer, POP volunteer); Mackenzie Fleischer (Summer cycle laboratory volunteer, POP graduate); Harshita Pinnamaneni (Laboratory intern, POP graduate); Kelley Park (Summer cycle laboratory volunteer, POP graduate); Rachel Rohde, MD (Orthopaedic surgeon, POP site co-coordinator); Denise Koueiter (Engineer, POP volunteer)

L to R: Erin Baker, MS (Engineer, POP site co-coordinator); Abigail Davidson (Engineering intern, POP volunteer); Meagan Salisbury (Engineer, POP volunteer); Mackenzie Fleischer (Summer cycle laboratory volunteer, POP graduate); Harshita Pinnamaneni (Laboratory intern, POP graduate); Kelley Park (Summer cycle laboratory volunteer, POP graduate); Rachel Rohde, MD (Orthopaedic surgeon, POP site co-coordinator); Denise Koueiter (Engineer, POP volunteer)

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