At SpecOrtho, we are vested not only in our patients, but our local communities and neighbors as well. Dr. Feltham and team spend countless hours volunteering their time on the sidelines of local sporting events, not only keeping the athletes safe but also, teaching sports medicine to student trainers. It is a passion that was instilled in Dr. Feltham growing up on athletic fields beside his father, a retired coach and teacher, while taping ankles and icing down injured athletes. He continues to teach his love of orthopaedics and sports medicine to our local high school’s Sports Medicine Students as they rotate through SpecOrtho as part of their Sports Medicine classes. During these rotations, the students are kept engaged in all aspects of orthopaedics. They learn how to evaluate and diagnose orthopaedic injuries, read radiographic images (X-rays and MRI), create treatment plans and occasionally, observe surgical procedures.
Each high school program requires different criteria from their Sports Medicine Students during their clinical rotations at SpecOrtho. The fall semester of 2020 we hosted Sports Medicine Students from Clover High School and they were expected to give a short verbal report to the clinical staff regarding an orthopaedic condition or injury that they may have seen during their time in the clinic. When they returned to school, those students also gave a full presentation to their fellow classmates on what they observed and learned while in the clinic.
The personal experience and clinical teaching that the students receive is truly a unique experience in today’s medical field where so much emphasis is put on the business of medicine rather than the patient and the community a practice serves. Although our team at SpecOrtho hears what an honor this is for the students to be able to join us in the office, the pleasure is all ours!
We wish the best of luck to Abbie, Kristina, Ashley, Kamryn, Megan, Jack, Myles, Regan and Jordan!