Margaret Santana P ’22, ’24 and Kevin Schmidt ’98 join the Board as they assume leadership of the PSPA and PAA, respectively.
"When you step away from your Pingry experience, you'll realize that the exposure you had to different people and experiences...that's not common."
Pingry juniors and seniors recently participated in the annual Career Day event that began with a keynote address from Dr. Jennifer Weiss '89. Students then participated in breakout sessions with 52 returning alumni across 14 different industry panels in order to hear about their career paths and—just as importantly—discuss the wisdom and life lessons they learned along the way. Dr. Weiss currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Los Angeles Medical Center, part of the Kaiser Permanente health care system in Southern California, and she is part of the just 6% of female orthopaedic surgeons in the country.
In a presentation that she described as "a letter to my 17 year-old self," Dr. Weiss reflected on the career and life choices that brought her to the stage that day, growing from a self-described "shy rule-follower" into a fierce orthopaedic surgeon.
Dr. Weiss' address spoke to the essential need for mentorship and work-life integration, the impact of the Pingry community during her time at the School and afterward, and the importance of working together to elevate underrepresented voices in medicine. She also answered questions from the students regarding ethical dilemmas, her specialization in sports medicine, and ways in which her undergraduate degree in the humanities led her to pursue medicine. Later in the day, Dr. Weiss also met with three students who want to pursue orthopaedic surgery after graduation...all young women!
"There's only a small cohort of women in orthopaedic surgery. But, like the Pingry community, we raise each other up."
WATCH the Career Day Keynote Presentation