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Visiting students exposed to several medical disciplines through leadership program

More than 200 students descended upon the Orthopedic & Sports Institute campus as part of a Student Leadership Program sponsored by NOVO Health.

The Student Leadership Program was launched by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. in 2008 in Savannah, Ga., in partnership with the public school system as a way to introduce students to career pathways in the community. The program enlists 75 area sophomores each fall from Appleton North, East, and West high schools for the two-year program, exposing students to companies they may recognize but not understand what they make or do.

During their visit to OSI’s Appleton campus, students visited a variety of stations, including one where they learned to take vitals like blood pressure, one that walked them through a joint replacement surgery and recovery and a station demonstrating the sterilization of instruments. This year’s tours on the OSI campus also included visits to Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, also a NOVO member, as well as stops at Recovery Inn, OSI’s attached skilled nursing facility, the Imaging/MRI Center, and clinic exam rooms.

During the course of the program, students will visit three local companies each year in addition to Gulfstream. This is the second time OSI, a founding member of NOVO Health, has hosted the SLP group. NOVO Health and OSI teamed up with SLP in 2017 when Gulfstream and and the school system sought a health care option for students in the program to visit.

Students also complete curriculum that includes training in soft skills and leadership abilities that are highly sought after by hiring managers. The program includes a community service component volunteering with Feeding America as well as a visit to Chicago in the summer.

In addition to NOVO Health and OSI, area companies participating in the program have included Pierce, Plexus, Miller Electric, Boldt, and Bemis.