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PBS Reno STEM Works | Reno Orthopedic Center | ROC

PBS Reno STEM WorksReno Orthopedic Center | ROC

In this PBS Reno STEM Works digital short, we visit our friends at the Reno Orthopedic Center (ROC) and talk with the ROC Foundation Director Sarah DePaoli, along with orthopedic surgeons Dr. Sanjai Shukla and Dr. Justin Walker to find out about all that they do at ROC.


STEM — STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It represents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to gathering hands-on experience and applying “real-world” knowledge. People who work in STEM fields use knowledge in science, engineering, technology, or math to understand the world around us and to solve problems.

Acute Pain — Acute pain is a type of pain that is caused by something specific and occurs very suddenly. It usually does not last longer than 6 months and goes away when the injury or problem has been fixed.

Augmented Reality — Augmented reality uses software and digital animations to add things to the real world usually using a smartphone or camera.

Chronic Pain — Chronic pain is pain that is ongoing and lasts longer than 6 months. Chronic pain can continue even if the injury or illness that caused it has been healed or treated. Some people suffer from chronic pain even if they have not been previously injured or there appears to not be any damage to their body.

Clinical Trial — A clinical trial is a way that scientists and doctors conduct research using human volunteers so that they can add to their medical knowledge. In a clinical trial, participants receive some type of treatment according to the research plan to see how safe and effective the treatment is.

FDA — The FDA is the Food and Drug Administration, which is a government agency that protects public health by regulating food safety, tobacco, prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, vaccines, and cosmetics.

Joint — A joint is a place in the body where two or more bones make contact. They allow the body to move and support our body structure.

Ligament — A ligament is a type of tissue that joins bones to other bones to form a joint.

Medical Implant — A medical implant is a device or tissue that is placed either inside or on the surface of the body. They can be used to deliver medication, monitor the body, provide support to organs, or replace missing body parts.

Orthopedics — Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that focuses on bones, joints, ligaments, nerves, and tendons.

Outreach — Outreach is the process of providing services to people that might not have regular access to them. Outreach services are mobile rather than stationary (confined to one place).

Surgeon — A surgeon is a type of doctor who specializes in treating patients through surgery, or physically changing the human body.

Tendon — Tendons are a type of tissue that connect your muscles to your bones. 

Virtual Reality — Virtual reality uses software to create a full simulation of the world around you. It essentially fools your brain into thinking that you are somewhere else.

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