Shriners Hospital Hosts Hands-On Science Program for Young Women

Over 30 young women from seven high schools in the Sacramento region will meet at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 25, to perform surgical simulations and learn from prominent women surgeons, engineers and business women in the field of orthopaedics.

The hands-on science program is part of The Perry Initiative, a non-profit organization committed to inspiring young women to be leaders in the exciting fields of orthopaedic surgery and engineering. Perry Outreach Programs are organized throughout the United States for women students in high school, college and medical school.  This is the 6th annual Perry Outreach Program to take place at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.

Featured speakers include Anita Bagley, Ph.D., a biomechanical engineer and co-director of the Movement Analysis Lab at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. Dr. Bagley will introduce students to high-tech movement analysis that is integral to the complex, comprehensive orthopaedic care Shriners Hospital provides children with cerebral palsy and other orthopaedic conditions. Jenni Buckley, Ph.D., co-director and founder of The Perry Initiative also will speak to the students and give a lunchtime lecture on “Orthopaedics & Engineering.”   Michelle James, M.D., Chief of Orthopaedics at the Northern California Shriners Hospital provides program leadership as a member of the Board of Directors for The Perry Initiative.

The young women participating in Saturday’s program will perform surgical simulations to correct scoliosis deformity, fix a broken leg, and repair a rotator cuff. All activities take place in the first-floor auditorium of the Shriner Hospital in Sacramento, 2425 Stockton Boulevard.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call 916-453-2000.

Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |

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