RENO, Nev. — The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med), the Reno Orthopedic Clinic (ROC) Foundation and The Perry Initiative co-hosted two days of workshops for young women in northern Nevada to learn the basics of orthopedic surgery and engineering from local women surgeons and engineers.
The workshops, part of a national pipeline program, took place on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10.
Mock surgery sessions and lectures from local women surgeons and engineers were featured at the event.
The first workshop included one for medical students that featured lectures from local women surgeons with hands-on skills modules for current female medical students in their first and second year of medical school at the university.
A second workshop was geared to high school students that included hands-on mock surgical exercises on artificial bones, lectures from local women surgeons and engineers and a Q&A session with parents.
According to the Perry Initiative, in 2014, women made up only 6.1 percent of fully accredited practicing orthopedic surgeons. In the same year, only 12.4 percent of the faculty at engineering schools were women.
The Perry Initiative is a national organization dedicated to encouraging young women to pursue medical and engineering careers.