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Encouraging young women to study orthopaedics, engineering goal of Loyola program

MAYWOOD, Ill. – To help attract more women to the fields of orthopaedics and engineering, Loyola University Medical Center will host a daylong program for female high school students that will include mock surgeries for conditions such as scoliosis of the spine and ACL knee injuries.

Orthopaedic surgeons work hand-in-hand with engineers to develop safe and effective implants for repairing broken bones, torn ligaments and worn-out joints. Speakers at the Perry Outreach Program at Loyola will include Loyola orthopaedic surgeons Karen Wu, MD, Terri Cappello, MD, and engineer Nancy Hamilton, senior vice president of HOK Architects in Chicago.

Forty  juniors and seniors from Chicago and suburban high schools will attend the Feb. 22 program. In addition to mock surgeries on anatomical models, the program includes lectures and panel discussions. The program is sponsored by the Perry Initiative, a nonprofit organization that inspires young women to pursue careers in orthopaedics and engineering.

The unique Perry Outreach Program curriculum has received national attention for its innovative, career-oriented approach to science and technology education. Loyola is bringing the program to Chicago for the first time.

The program will be held at Loyola’s Stitch School of Medicine, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

The Perry Initiative is named in honor of Dr. Jacquelin Perry, who was among the first 10 women orthopaedic surgeons in the country. She mentored many women and men in the field during a career that lasted from 1952 to 2013.
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The Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division (HSD) advances interprofessional, multidisciplinary, and transformative education and research while promoting service to others through stewardship of scientific knowledge and preparation of tomorrow's leaders. The HSD is located on the Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, Illinois. It includes the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, the Stritch School of Medicine, the biomedical research programs of the Graduate School, and several other institutes and centers encouraging new research and interprofessional education opportunities across all of Loyola University Chicago. The faculty and staff of the HSD bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and a strong commitment to seeing that Loyola's health sciences continue to excel and exceed the standard for academic and research excellence. For more on the HSD, visit

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