Women make up only 6.1% of fully accredited, practicing orthopaedic surgeons, according to 2014 survey by AAOS, yet they comprise 50% of medical students. In order to bring the very best minds to orthopaedic surgery, we must work to increase the number of women in this field. Diverse providers are better able to care for a diverse patient population.
The Perry Initiative Medical Student Outreach Program (MSOP) began in 2012, and to date over 1000 women medical students have participated in the program. Approximately 30% of MSOP alumnae have matched in orthopaedic surgery residency programs. The three-hour MSOP event includes lectures from practicing female orthopaedic surgeons, hands-on mock surgery modules, and networking opportunities for medical students to interact with faculty and like-minded peers. The Perry Initiative now offers instructional materials, training, and support for medical schools and residency programs to run MSOP programs at their own locations.
How It Works
•Notify women medical students from your institution or other local medical schools
•Two Sawbones orthopaedic bioskills labs
•Local surgeons and residents act as volunteers and mentors
•Lectures on topics such as work/life balance, pathway to residency, and fellowships & subspecialities
•Setup and packing require no technical knowledge with comprehensive included instructions
• All power tools, materials and supplies for workshops
• Standard Operating Procedure document outlining setup, program and repacking
• Presentation and video files
• Shipping to & from your location
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