Mock orthopedic surgeries: IRHS students selected for Perry Initiative

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Special to the Sussex County Post From left, Indian River High School students Madison Mercer, McKenna Burke and Erin Haden.

DAGSBORO – A select group of Indian River High School students who have interest in the medical and engineering fields recently had the opportunity to preform mock orthopedic surgeries with support from prominent women surgeons and engineers. They were also able to learn about the many opportunities available to them in these fields.

The event was held Sept. 19 at the Spencer Laboratory on the main campus of the University of Delaware.

It was made possible through The Perry Initiative, founded in 2009 by Dr. Jenni Buckley, mechanical engineer, and Dr. Lisa Lattanza, orthopedic surgeon.

The initiative is directed at inspiring young women to be leaders in the orthopedic surgery and engineering fields.

Funding was awarded based on essays submitted by students describing why they desired to work in STEM-based occupational fields.

Three Indian River High School students, McKenna Burke, Erin Haden and Madison Mercer, submitted essays in earning spots among the 40 selected participants.

“I couldn’t have gotten this experience anywhere else. It was the perfect combination of hands-on experimentation and hearing from women engineers and orthopedic surgeons,” said Erin, a junior.

Madison, a senior with aspirations of becoming an orthopedic surgeon, was excited that the experience allowed her to solidify her career choice.

Participants repaired complex fractures, learned and practiced the casting of upper extremities and practiced suturing skills in the daylong program.

“It was a completely different experience for me,” McKenna said.

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