McKay DEI Committee

High School Outreach

Learning on a Limb

Every spring high school students representing six Philadelphia area high schools, are invited to attend a half-day workshop exploring research at Penn’s Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (PCMD). This “Learning on a Limb” program is 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 participate in hands-on research modules in the areas of histology, biomechanics, microCT, and cell culture. Students also are given 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 helping arrange and participate 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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