Operation Walk is a nonprofit organization that provides free hip and knee replacement surgeries to patients in underdeveloped countries. Each year, Cornell students have the opportunity to travel with Operation Walk and founder Dr. Larry Dorr (’63) to assist with every aspect of the surgery process. Students gain first-hand experiences through patient screening, working alongside anesthesiologists, observing and scrubbing in for surgeries, assisting the nursing staff, and working with the physical therapists during the recovery process. We will reflect on our experiences with Operation Walk, and how we have benefited from these experiences.
Amanda J. Jepson, ’09 Wayland, IA
Nate Olafsen, ’08 Monona, IA
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sponsor: Barbara Christie-Pope