Hi, it’s Jovauna Currey here! I’m a third year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and have been volunteering with the Perry Initiative since its beginnings. I absolutely love the Perry program and everything it stands for, which is why I volunteered to join Jenni and Nadia at a conference in Puerto Rico this June!
I was helping to promote the Perry Initiative by working our Perry booth at the American Association of
Mechanical Engineers Summer Bioengineering conference. I met a lot of great engineers, male and female, who were interested in our Initiative. Many wanted to start programs in their area! I even met a physician who works in Ireland and says that, “only about 0.5% of working Orthopaedics surgeons are women” there. Looks like Perry may have to go International!
The conference was not all work though. Nadia, Jenni and I did find time to go out and enjoy beautiful Puerto Rico. We hiked through the rainforest, kayaked at night in water glowing due to dinoflagellates, and tried a lot of amazing Puerto Rican food, such as: mofongo, which is basically a mashed plantain dish and lots of fresh delicious island fruit!
I had a great time spreading the word about the Perry Initiative to all the amazing engineers and physicians at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference in Puerto Rico!