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February 22, 2013

Orthopaedic Surgeons Share their Skills, Passion for Patient Care with Chicago Middle School Students

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)
“A program like this is rewarding for everyone involved,” said Raj Rao, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon and chair of the AAOS Diversity Board Dr. “It’s important for physicians to be role models in their communities and what better way than to educate our youth and give them a strong foundation by exposing them to various positive career opportunities.”
Lauren Pearson Riley
phone: 847-384-4031
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