The Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) welcomed a group of more than 20 high-school students from Brazil on a tour of the MOI facility and the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics (TLRO) in July. The group of students were on campus for the Mizzou International Experience program offered by the Mizzou Academy, a nationally accredited online/blended school program coordinated by the University of Missouri’s College of Education & Human Development.
As part of the tour, students visited patient clinics at the MOI, received a first-hand look at medical equipment such as CT scanners and a view of inpatient rooms within the facility. Students also received the opportunity to engage with several researchers and staff including Dr. Aaron Stoker, Associate Director of the TLRO, Dr. Maria Luisa Suzzarini, Patient Outcomes Manager, and Dr. Joao Bourbon, an orthopaedic surgeon from Brazil completing a post-doctoral research fellowship with the TLRO. Students had the chance to have meaningful dialogue with these health professionals at the MOI about different careers in the healthcare field including research and service opportunities.