Yakima Valley high school students suture cow hearts, drill bones

Students from five Yakima Valley high schools donned surgical scrubs on Saturday, June 14, as the Perry Initiative – an outreach program aimed at encouraging girls to pursue careers in mechanical engineering and orthopaedic surgery – made a stop at Memorial.

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The Perry Initiative offers hands-on outreach programs across the United States for students in high school, college and medical school. ESD 105 arranged to have the program brought to Yakima, and each of the school districts represented will pay for part of the program. Students from Yakima, East Valley, Sunnyside, Grandview and Selah school districts participated.

The students took part in structured laboratory exercises that included suturing cow hearts, drilling bones, placing implants into mock bones and repairing torn ligaments.

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For more information on the Perry Initiative, visit www.perryinitiative.org.

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