OMAHA, Neb. — High school girls with an interest in science, medicine or engineering are invited to apply for the Perry Outreach Program to be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

Applications are due Oct. 17 and can be accessed online at http://perryinitiative.org/programs/student-online-application/.

The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for female high school students in grades 10-12 interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and perform simulated orthopedic surgeries and biomechanical experiments.

"It is a fun-filled educational day of speakers and hands-on modules where the girls get to use saws, drills, screws and get a glimpse into what orthopedic surgery is like," said Maegen Wallace, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at UNMC and a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha.

Founded in 2009, The Perry Initiative was named in honor of Dr. Jacquelin Perry, one of the first female orthopedic surgeons in the U.S. This is the fifth year UNMC has been involved with the Perry Outreach Program, which partners with medical centers and universities to hold events nationwide each year.

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