Students from St. Louis Park High School and Minnetonka-based Lionsgate Academy gained information about orthopedic visits during a May 15 trip to TRIA Institute in Bloomington.

During the program, students and educators heard from a variety of administrative and medical professionals who walked them through an orthopedic visit step-by-step, from making an appointment to scheduling surgery to consenting to participate in a research study.

“This program gets students outside the classroom to learn about careers in the medical field beyond what they may expect,” said Megan Reams, senior manager of TRIA Institute. “This is a great experience for students to not only make connections with businesses in their community but also consider a career in health care they might not have known about before.”

The “Behind the Scenes” program was modeled after TRIA’s “A Day in the Life” program for students to learn about traditional medical orthopedics careers. The new program was created after leaders at TwinWest Chamber of Commerce asked what other opportunities could exist for students not interested in traditional medical roles.

“We’re excited about this unique partnership to connect students, educators and businesses in our community,” said Shannon Full, president and CEO of the TwinWest Chamber of Commerce. “Strengthening future talent for our business community is one of our major initiatives at TwinWest, and we hope to provide more opportunities for educators and businesses to connect and learn from one another.”

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Students from St. Louis Park High School and Minnetonka-based Lionsgate Academy learn about the operations of an orthopedic visit May 15 at the TRIA Institute in Bloomington. The institute hosted its first “Behind the Scenes of an Orthopedic Visit” program to teach high school students about career options in health care beyond traditional medical roles.

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