Mini-Med School Milestone – 10th Annual!

The 10th Annual ONSF Mini-Med School took place at the ONSF lab from June 26th through the 29th. Education is a major part of the ONSF Mission and the Annual Mini Med School exemplified this commitment by providing 18 students, representing 12 area high schools, the opportunity to participate in a four-day workshop in orthopedics.

The ONSF Arthroscopy, Surgical Skills, and Biomechanical Research Lab provides an ideal mentor/student event capable of changing a young person’s life. Participants are not only introduced to the field of medicine and orthopedic surgery but also offered the ultimate “hands-on” experience. Doctors discuss orthopedic problems, physical examination, and diagnosis.

Orthopedic surgeons, including Dr. Kowalsky (Program Chair), Drs. Choo, Cantlon, Delos, Gleason, Pao, and Tomaszewski instructed students on topics such as suturing, casting, sterile OR prep, and various surgical techniques.  Robert Spatz, BSPT, presented an introduction to physical therapy.  Dr. Levchenko lectured on Ultrasound and Dr. Miskin introduced X-ray and MRI

On the final day Vicki Leeds Tananbaum, Vice President of ONSF, participated in Mini-Med School by sharing with the students how ONSF began in 2008 giving a brief history of how it has grown and evolved. Ms. Tananbaum and Dr. Kowalsky then proudly distributed Certificates of Completion to each of the students.

One student’s note:

I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate the opportunity you offered for me to meet with doctors and understand what it really means to go through all of the schooling that a medical career requires. Although only 4 days, it was a memorable experience and one that continues to fuel my goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. I really just wanted to say thank you to you and the ONS team that helped throughout the week.