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Dome December 2014

Boning Up on Science

Date: December 5, 2014


Johns Hopkins Hospital orthopaedic surgeon Dawn LaPorte explains how to suture a pig’s foot as Ebony Johnson, far left, practices alongside Brianna Cimino and Maddie Litwin. The students were among 39 area high school girls interested in exploring careers in orthopaedics or engineering who attended a recent mentoring event at the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. The teens participated in hands-on mock surgical exercises—suturing, external and internal bone fixation, scoliosis surgery, and arthroscopic knee surgery. They also heard local women surgeons and engineers discuss their careers. The program was sponsored by the school of medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and The Perry Initiative, a national organization that fosters careers in science, technology, engineering and medicine. “It’s important for girls to understand that they have opportunities in fields in which women remain underrepresented,” says LaPorte, who looks forward to hosting more such programs. To learn more, visit

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