Additional Educational Programs

Norwalk Community College

Education is a vital component of the ONSF mission and plays an integral role in our efforts to improve the care and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The onsite ONSF Arthroscopy, Surgical Skills and Biomechanical Research Laboratory serves not only as a clinical research facility but also as an education facility frequently utilized by college and pre-med students and medical professionals.

In 2014, physical therapy students from Norwalk Community College participated in Lab programs for two days in March and two in May. Each day, eight students attended the course entitled “Observation of Upper and Lower Extremity Dissection with Clinical Instruction” and were instructed by Drs. Paul Sethi and Mark Vitale in March and Drs. Demetri Delos and Katherine Vadasdi in May.

The students had a lecture review of human anatomy followed by anatomical dissection and demonstration of surgical approaches. In addition, ONS physical therapists were on hand to observe the four labs. These courses epitomized our education program and presented a valuable learning experience for the students.

In a very personal letter to Drs. Sethi and Vitale, students expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to study in the ONSF Lab. One student wrote, “This event…took text book knowledge to a level of a tangible experience.”

We strive to provide students with a respectful, relaxed and extremely professional experience. This concept was recognized by one student who said, “…it was great to see real anatomy instead of just models and pictures…”

Another noted, “…the way Dr. Vitale asked questions during the dissection helped to reinforce all the knowledge I previously learned.”

Programs like these encompass mentorship, a vital part of the training process, and ONSF takes great pride in mentoring students while serving the college community and beyond.

ONSF Clinical Education Series

The ONSF Clinical Education Series consists of accredited one-day courses for physical therapists, athletic trainers and coaches.

The course of study covers topics such as Management of Achilles Tendon Ruptures and Lateral Ankle Sprains, ACL Injuries in Athletes: From Sideline Management to Postoperative Recovery and Rehabilitation, and more. Didactic and hands-on sessions with cadaver surgical demonstrations are included.

ONSF is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education credit and is accredited by the Physical Therapy Associations of New York and Connecticut. The Clinical Education Series is offered free of charge. Read more >


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