The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons partners with High Jump to inspire and encourage careers in medicine, science
ROSEMONT, Ill. - On February 2, 2013, the Diversity Advisory Board of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)partnered with High Jump – a tuition-free academic enrichment program for talented and motivated Chicago middle school students, with limited family resources – to host a surgical skills field trip at AAOS headquarters in Rosemont.
The event included more than forty high performing 6th grade students who have expressed an interest in a science or medical career. The half-day event, led by volunteer orthopaedic surgeons, included small group discussions; skill-building exercises, including sample surgical procedures on “sawbone” and “Alex” state-of-the-art surgical models; mini X-ray demonstrations; and other activities designed to spark interest in medicine, and specifically, a career in orthopaedics.
This year marked the beginning of the AAOS and High Jump collaborative program, which aims to:
- Expand our educational and mentorship efforts within the broader community
- Spark middle-school-age student interest in science-related fields, including medicine and orthopaedic surgery
- Demystify the educational and career path of a physician or orthopaedic surgeons
- Inspire and challenge students to pursue advanced science education by providing direct access to powerful and engaging role models and resources (and to see these role models in action)