At ONSF, mentorship is an integral component of the training experience and is considered the lifeline of medical teaching at every level. The onsite Arthroscopy, Surgical Skills and Biomechanical Research Laboratory serves as an education facility. Utilized by international surgical fellows, pre-med candidates, college students and high school juniors and seniors, the Lab complements the ONSF Education Conference for medical professionals.

Our education strategies include both Research and Summer Internship Programs, an annual Mini-Med School, International Fellowship Training and the ONSF Annual Medical Education Conference held each fall.

Research Interns

L to R - Chrissy Conroy, Taylor Dunstan and Jackie Fox

Since the completion of the Arthroscopy, Surgical Skills and Biomechanical Research Laboratory, we have accepted interns into the research program and have provided experiences that have been worthwhile for them and invaluable to our research studies.

Upon college graduation, many students pursue a post graduate year to finalize and strengthen their application to medical school. As ONSF interns, these students work with a surgeon, actively participate in research project development as well as execution of manuscript development.

Research Intern, Chrissy Conroy explained, “My experience far exceeded my expectations…I did not anticipate being part of the whole process.” She went on to say that “…there are so many options in the field of orthopedics;…therefore, I realized you must care for each patient, not just their injury.”

Summer Interns

Each summer, college sophomores and juniors join us in short term research mentee positions. This is a pivotal experience for those students who are considering a career in medicine and would like to observe medical practices first hand and for those others who would like to enhance their applications to medical school. Before completing a research project, each student is assigned a mentor, participates in laboratory dissections and attends a conference twice a week. Intern Samantha Hill wrote, “The real-life medical experiences…not only reaffirmed my desire to pursue a medical degree, but it also provided me with an invaluable insight into possible career options as an orthopedic surgeon…”

Mini Med School

Dr. Mark Vitale with Mini-Med School StudentsThe ONSF Annual Mini-Med School program includes 15-16 high school students representing area schools, i.e. Greenwich High School, Brunswick School, Greenwich Academy and Stamford High School. Each student exhibits an interest in careers in medicine or is enrolled in a STEM program.

ONS physicians welcome the students to the ONSF Arthroscopy, Surgical Skills and Biomechanical Research Lab and for one week provide the ultimate “hands-on” experience. Students attend and participate in various workshops such as casting, suturing, fluoroscopy and operating room procedures. Mini-Med School at the ONSF Lab creates an amazing mentor/student event that has the potential to change a young person’s life. From student, Alyssa Gerasimoff: “I would like to thank you once again for the amazing mini-med school internship. I learned so many cool things and I was truly inspired to pursue a future in the orthopedic field.”

Dr. Louis Lasagna described this relationship in 1964 when he wrote, “I will remember that there is art to mentoring and that what we teach is not more important than whom we teach, or how we teach, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may be our most effective tools.”

International Fellows

ONSF has an international following that attracts orthopedic surgeons seeking advanced training. Groups of visiting surgeons work alongside ONS physicians on improving surgical skills and developing new techniques in hip, shoulder and knee procedures. We have welcomed fellows from Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Austria and Beijing.

Visiting surgeons from Sweden and Germany, pictured below, came to ONSF to study sports injuries with Dr. Sethi and Dr. Greene.

L to R – Dr. Michael Glanzmann from Sweden, Dr. Tim Green, ONS Orthopedic Surgeon,  Dr. Bilal Farouk El-Zayat from Germany and ONSF President Dr. Paul Sethi.

ONSF President Dr. Paul Sethi on left with visiting AGA Fellows from Germany – Dr. Hossam El-Azab, Dr. Christian Jung, Dr. Maurice Balke

Medical Education Conference

In the fall of each year, ONSF welcomes medical professionals to the Annual Medical Education Conference.

The continuing education, fully accredited course is underwritten by an anonymous donor and takes place at Greenwich Hospital in the Noble Auditorium.

Katherine Vadasdi, MD, presenterThe event is attended by physicians, nurses, physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists and athletic trainers.

Topics studied have included ACL Injuries and Prevention, Replacement Parts, Adolescent and Pediatric Issues, the Aging Athlete and Musculoskeletal Issues in Females. The programs review musculoskeletal injury, non-operative and operative procedures, management of soft tissue injury and various treatment techniques.

All conference presentations are videotaped and are available on the ONSF website.

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