Program Helps Young Women Become Surgeons, Engineers

Students from local high schools participate in program designed to inspire young women to consider careers in orthopedics.

To encourage more women to pursue careers in orthopedic surgery and engineering, Beaumont Hospital’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery brought together 36 young women from area high schools for a daylong, hands-on program at Beaumont's Surgical Learning Center in Royal Oak on Saturday.

This is Beaumont’s second year hosting the Perry Initiative, which aims to get young women interested in orthopedics and engineering — fields where women currently comprise only 7 percent of the professional workforce. It's the only program of its kind in Michigan.

The event featured lectures and interactive workshops with prominent female surgeons and biomedical engineers in orthopedics. By exposing young women to these fields, more may consider them as potential careers, the organizers say.

Orthopedic surgeon Rachel S. Rohde, MD, and Erin Baker, MS, were both on hand to mentor and teach the young women selected to participate.

The Perry Initiative holds outreach programs nationwide that reach some 350 female high school students each year. 

The young woman were selected from more than 120 Oakland County applicants. The following schools had participants.

  • Berkley High School
  • Detroit Country Day
  • Seaholm High School
  • Ferndale High School
  • International Academy
  • Royal Oak High School
  • Shrine Catholic High School
  • Stoney Creek High School
  • Troy Athens High School
  • Troy High School
  • Groves High School


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