Perry Initiative

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The mission of the Perry Initiative, is the commitment to inspire young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering. We advance our mission principally by running hands-on outreach programs across the country for women students in high school, college, and medical school.

Dr. Coyner facilitated bringing the National Perry Program to Dallas in 2013 when it was one of 10 sites nationally. Dr. Coyner believes that early exposure to these exciting, hands-on careers is the key to boosting diversity and introducing fresh eyes and new perspectives into these life-changing fields. The Perry Initiative will take place at UCONN in 2017. Dr. Coyner was recognize once again for her leadership and in 2015 was invited to become a member of the Perry Initiative Advisory Board.

History

Women in Orthopaedics

Despite the increasing number of women entering medical and graduate school, women make up only 6.1% of fully accredited practicing orthopaedic surgeons according to 2014 survey by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Only 12.4% of the faculty at engineering schools are women, with that percentage being lower for mechanical engineering.

Our Namesake: Dr. Jacquelin Perry

The Perry Initiative is named in honor of Dr. Jacquelin Perry, who was one of the first ten women orthopaedic surgeons in the country and was a mentor to countless women and men in the field throughout her career. Dr. Perry’s academic career extends from 1952 to 2013, and she received numerous honors for her clinical and scholarly work, including Physician of the Year in 1994 by the State of California and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000 by the Gait and Clinical Movement Society.  Dr. Perry was also awarded the first UCSF Jacquelin Perry Excellence in Mentorship Award at a Perry Initiative reception in 2012.  Dr. Perry passed away on March 11, 2013 at the age of 94 and is greatly missed.

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