Springmyer Elementary School News

Preparing our future physicians

Posted on: January 24, 2020
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OHHS students get rare chance to work with medical team.

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Beth Ludwig's AP Biology students spent an amazing morning at Beacon Orthopedics, working alongside orthopedic surgeon David Argo and physician's assistant Jamie Miller to arthroscopically examine a cadaver knee and to dissect and suture another. 

As Dr. Argo coached them, the students manipulated the knee to see the ACL, MCL and meniscus -- all parts of the knee that sometimes cause problems for student athletes -- and later used instruments to clear the knee of foreign objects. Then they moved to a second station with Ms. Miller, where they identified structures inside the knee and practiced using a needle driver to suture the knee back together.

The bio-skills labs are a rare and eye-opening glimpse into the world of sports medicine. The use of high-tech tools and human cadavers is something many young people don't experience until medical school. "The physician's assistant in particular was teaching us like we were medical students -- it didn't feel like we were high school students," said junior Daniel Bryan. Junior Andy Au called the day enlightening. "I'm pretty sure I'll see that every day if I do become a surgeon."