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BACK TO PLAY INSPIRES STUDENTS TO PURSUE HEALTH CARE CAREERS
Hoag Orthopedics has produced a unique program that offers local high school students the opportunity to learn about various orthopedic health care careers. In partnership with Vital Link OC, a nonprofit that enables high school students to experience different career paths, Hoag Orthopedics hosted its fourth “Back to Play” event in 2019 in the Allan and Sandy Fainbarg Community Education Center. The theatrical reenactment of a mock surgery, which is accompanied by real surgery video, follows an athlete from the time of injury through the health care process until he/she can get “back to play.”
The performance showcases 15 health care professions involved in caring for the athlete from medical assistant, clinical research coordinator,
MRI technologist to post-anesthesia care unit nurse. All of the “actors” volunteer their time and play themselves in their positions, which is revealed to the audience at the end. Each medical professional shares a mentor moment, engaging with the students on what inspired them to choose their career and the path that led them there, followed
by a time for questions.
Back to Play also features an exhibit where students can get an up-close look at equipment from the clinic, operating room and physical therapy settings. Since 2017, over 540 students from 17 schools have experienced Back to Play.
 Philanthropist, Tom Adams (center), contributes to Hoag Orthopedics’ Back to Play. Also pictured: Carlos Prietto, MD, MEd., (left) and Robert Gorab, MD (right).
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