Although women make up nearly half of all enrollees in medical school, and about 35 percent of practitioners in specialties, fewer than 10 percent of orthopedic surgeons are female. Engineering professions shows similar disparities. The Perry Initiative, a national nonprofit organization, works to correct these imbalances through day-long workshops designed to give high school and undergraduate college students an idea of what it's like to be a surgeon or engineer. Thanks to funding from UNM Department of Orthopaedics Chair Dr. Robert Schenck, UNM physicians and medical students gave 40 young women a hands-on taste of their profession, in hopes that some of these students might someday join their ranks.
UNM will be closed from December 21, 2013 - January 1, 2014. The first day back to work is Thursday, January 2, 2014.
The Critical Care Student Organization is working with the UNM Center for Surgical Critical Care, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, New Mexico Chapter, and U.S. Marines to collect new, unwrapped toys for the 2013 Toys for Tots Drive. The toys stay in our community. Please consider donating before December 6, when U.S. Marines will be picking up our toys in time to make their city-wide distribution. On December 16, U.S. Marines in dress blues will distribute toys to our pediatric patients at UNMH.
The UNM School of Medicine chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society is sponsoring a Barrett Foundation Giving Tree in the lobby of BMSB. The Barrett Foundation helps women and children break the cycle of homelessness through housing and supportive services. To donate, take an ornament from the tree to pledge that gift or select one from the foundation’s needs list, then donate the unwrapped items in the bin near the tree. Cash gifts may also be donated through Medical Student Affairs staff member Christina Beraun at (505) 272-3414.