“Break a leg” has a new meaning for twenty two high school science research students from the Brunswick School who recently participated in a unique student medical education program during which they earned to repair and set broken bones.
Under the supervision of nationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist and Greenwich resident Kevin Plancher, the students learned how to bolt, pin together and insert supportive plates into broken forearms during the program, which was designed by the Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles (OFALS) in Cos Cob.
“Our student medical education program is one in a series of innovative school-based community outreach events hosted by the Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles,” said Dr. Plancher, chairman of the foundation. “It is important for parents to be aware that broken limbs in active children is all too often a common occurrence. Our student medical education program provides a very useful hands-on opportunity for young students to learn the skills needed to repair broken bones.”
In keeping with the students’ abilities and the foundation’s high standards for such labs, the OFALS program educates its participants on current surgical techniques for repairing broken forearms. The students use actual surgical drills, plates and screws to mend broken bones by utilizing synthetic forearms.
“Our foundation is proud to support this important student outreach program,” said Janine Bahar, executive director of OFALS. “These types of programs lie at the heart of the foundation’s core mission. Our lab reflects OFALS’ dedication to education in orthopaedics and sports medicine and further supports our goal of providing students with an understanding of surgical techniques and encouraging students to consider a career in medicine.”