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Three-Week Summer Science Program

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Love sports? Love medicine? Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery might be the BLI program for you! You will practice setting broken bones using a cast. You will use a laparoscopic surgery simulator to perform orthopedic surgery on muscle tears. You will administer concussion baseline tests to other students. You will use different bandaging techniques to stabilize wrist and ankle sprains. Read on for more fascinating, hands-on activities in this brand-new program!!


July 3 – July 21, 2023 | Gann/Bentley – Waltham

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A look inside the program:

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a rapidly evolving field with new rehabilitation protocols being implemented constantly. Explore some of the latest breakthroughs in the field being used to help athletes recover from injury, prevent future injury, and improve physical performance. 

Students do an experiment in the Reconstructive Surgery three-week medical program


Students will be introduced to a variety of sports-related surgical procedures. They will gain hands-on experience using a laparoscopic surgery machine. They will practice various suturing techniques.  


Both before and after surgery, doctors need to know what’s happening inside a patient’s body. A section of the program is dedicated to learning the basics of collecting, reading, and interpreting Magnetic Resonance Imaging and X-Ray scans. Examples are taken from real-life case studies involving broken bones, damaged ligaments, and torn muscles. They will learn about the main types of fractures using X-Ray imaging.


Through dissection, models of the skeletal system, and models of main types of joints, students will explore the anatomy of the skeletal and muscular system.

Sideline Testing

With any sports injury, determining the best course of action for medical care starts on the sidelines. How can you tell if an athlete is concussed? How can you test for structural damage in the elbow or knee? Students will examine guidelines to these questions published by North American sports associations and put them into practice using our Terry Trauma Adult Manikins.

Concussion Research

If you follow sports, you’ve likely heard of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) which is a progressive brain disease associated with repeated head trauma. Explore ongoing concussion research which has recently caused a near universal implantation of concussion protocols across all levels of US sports.

Emergency First Aid, Splints, and Casts

Students will conduct simulations to care for broken bones via the Terry Trauma Manikin. They will provide emergency first aid for strains, and muscle tears. Students will use cloth bandaging to secure and stabilize injuries. 

Student Comments for Three-Week Medical Programs - Summer 2022

Everything was very hands-on and our teacher was amazing! He was very knowledgeable and taught us the same way the EMT in the book I’m reading was taught. Everything I learned in class could be used in the real world as well as paramedic and medical school.

I really enjoyed my program. The teacher not only taught us a lot of great material, but he did it in a fun and engaging way. I think I learned really well because of the way the information was presented to me and how we had fun review games.

The instructor is nice and very informative. I like that we had slides to review when taking notes. The overall topic was well discussed and very interesting. When we had labs they were beneficial and fun. ‘ 

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