Dalton High School Students to Play Sports Doctor for a Day at Greenwich, CT, Lab

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Top science students to learn how to set broken bones at Orthopaedic Foundation Lab in Greenwich, CT.

On Tuesday, May 18, 24 students from Dalton High School in New York City will have the unique opportunity to play sports doctor for a day at a special program at the Greenwich based Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles (OFALS) Lab. The students will spend the day learning how to repair broken arm bones.

The Sports Doctor for a Day Lab at OFALS (http://www.ofals.org) provides a unique forum for student education about current surgical techniques for the repair of broken bones. The Lab features actual surgical equipment including drills, plates and screws which the students will use to screw, pin together and insert supportive plates into realistic synthetic broken forearms. The program to be offered to the Dalton students is one of a series of such classes for local high school students from NYC to Boston.

Provided by Lab sponsors Synthes Corporation and the Pacific Research Corporation, the bones used are known as ‘sawbones’ or models. Doctors use these same synthetic bones to practice the same kinds of surgical skills the Dalton students will be learning. The sponsors are supplying all the educational materials for the students.

The students will be supervised by nationally renowned orthopaedic surgeon, Sports Medicine Specialist and Greenwich resident Kevin Plancher M.D., chairman of OFALS, who created the Sports Doctor for a Day Lab to serve as a medical-education outreach resource for top science students.

“The core mission of the Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles is to support medical education and research resources for doctors and other communities in orthopaedics and sports medicine,” Dr. Plancher said. “By offering this series of programs for high school students, we are working to bring medical concepts to kids and encourage them, we hope, to consider medical careers. The students from Dalton have exhibited strong interest in science and medicine, and we are pleased to support their continuing science education.”

Dr. Plancher explained that the Lab’s focus on broken forearm bones and helps bring medical and surgical concepts to the students by showing them techniques for fixing body parts that they’ve seen broken in their lives, whether their own, their friends or their sport heroes.

Ms. Nora Boyer, Head of the Science Department from Dalton High School Science Department, will accompany the students to the Lab along with two other faculty members.

About OFALS: Based in Greenwich, Conn., The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles (http://www.ofals.org) is a not-for-profit foundation whose principal mission is to promote, support, develop and encourage research and education concerning orthopaedic care and advancements in technologies and treatment of arthritis, orthopaedic injuries and musculoskeletal diseases. Focusing on medical education for doctors and other health care professionals, research and community outreach, the Foundation was developed by Kevin Plancher, MD, a resident of Greenwich and one of the leading orthopaedic surgeons in the Northeast.

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