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Freshmen Get Crash Course in Orthopedic Surgery

GREENWICH, Conn. — Eighteen ninth-graders who walked into the offices of orthopedic surgeon Dr. Paul Sethi’s offices all said they “liked science” or “want to help people,” but didn’t know how to channel their interests into a career.

“They asked some great questions and seemed very interested in learning about orthopedics, surgery and about medicine in general,” said Sethi, president of the ONS Foundation. He regularly speaks to medical professionals as well as community groups on topics related to orthopedic surgery, research and injury prevention.

The students came from Greenwich Country Day School with their science and math teacher Austin Lehn, who seized the chance to take his students to ONS late last month. “This was a great opportunity for the students to see what a typical day might be like for an orthopedic surgeon — something that a day of biology class typically does not offer,” said Lehn.

The teens toured the medical facility and then had a hands-on session with Sethi to learn about typical and not-so-typical cases seen and treated by an orthopedic surgeon.

One of the foundation’s aims is to make opportunities such as this available to students. “As the population ages, orthopedics and related research is an increasingly important area of medicine,” said Sethi. “We need up-and-coming medical students who are motivated to make the next discoveries and to continue to improve the health and quality of life of individuals of all ages.”

According to Lehn, a few students left the office saying they “definitely want to be doctors when they grow up.”

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