McKay DEI Committee

High School Outreach

Learning on a Limb

On March 30, 2022 15 high school students representing six Philadelphia area high schools, attended a half-day workshop exploring research at Penn’s Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (PCMD). This “Learning on a Limb” program was a hands-on science and technology experience designed by PCMD and the McKay Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to foster interest in the field of musculoskeletal research. Small groups of students participated in hands-on research modules in the areas of histology, biomechanics, microCT and cell culture. Students also had the opportunity to network with PCMD trainees and faculty, and become familiar with laboratories hosting summer researchers. A special thank you to Jamie Shuda, EdD, Director of Outreach, Education, & Research for the PSOM for arranging and participating in the event.

“I really enjoyed the variety of forms of lab work, it gave me a thorough perspective on the different sides of orthopedic work. I really enjoyed the biomechanics workshop and the hands on engagement in the cell-culture lab” - High School Participant

Students surrounding instron mechanical tester

Student and lab-coated post doc at work in tissue culture facility

Looking over the shoulders of students using fluorescent microscope

Students working in a laminar flow cabinet


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