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Day in the Life


TRIA Institute offers a unique learning experience to student interested in a healthcare career. We spoke to education coordinator Ali Hemphill and Senior Manager TRIA Institute and Quality, Megan Reams, about the Day in the Life of an Orthopaedic Specialist Program and the benefits for students who attend.

What is the Day in the Life of an Orthopedic Specialist (DITL) program?

DITL is a program for students 16 years and up (not getting school credit) to learn about healthcare careers in a classroom setting from the orthopedic and sports medicine specialists. Students will learn about schooling, entering practice/work force and what a typical day is like.

Why was it started?

Many students spending time a TRIA all had the same questions.  DITL offers something to our community to fill the gap between what is available in school and what students can get during an observational experience.  In 2011, we started our Day in the Life of an Orthopaedic Specialist program. 

What specialties does this program cover?

The program also exposes students to a variety of careers they may not have even considered before.  On a regular basis presentations are given from a physician, fellow/resident, physician assistant, physical therapist and athletic trainer. As the schedule allows, nursing or occupational therapy may be included.

When does this event happen?

We currently schedule five DITL programs each year. They occur one Tuesday morning in January, March, May, July and October.

Who can attend this course?

Anyone interested in a healthcare career and wanting to learn more about what it will take to get there. Student must be at least 16 years old to attend.

What happens after attending the course?

After the program, students are eligible to observe with a specialist of their choosing for four hours. The education coordinator will help this scheduled following the program. 

For more information, or to register for the program, visit the Shadowing & Observation webpage.

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