Meet 2016 FOCOS Emissary Lara Cohen

The YLF Emissary Program is proud to announce the 2016 emissary interning in the FOCOS office and traveling to Ghana this summer is Lara Cohen.  For those of you just tuning in or new to FOCOS, the Emissary Program was established in 2014 to offer young professionals the opportunity to volunteer in the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital.  Lara will be in Ghana for two weeks, starting this week, and will keep a blog of her experiences to share with all of you.  Interested in being the 2017 Emissary? Click here to learn more on how to apply:

Meet the Emissary:

My name is Lara Cohen and I am a pre-medical student at Boston University working towards a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology and a Master of Public Health. I am extremely honored and excited to be a part of the Young Leaders of FOCOS Emissary Internship! I have been interested in medicine and specifically orthopedics for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to be treated by Dr. Boachie-Adjei for scoliosis. He has inspired me immensely as I have matured and decided to pursue global medicine. For the past year I have been working as a Research Coordinator in the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine departments at Boston Children's Hospital, where I just finished working on a study developing outcome measures for pediatric shoulder and elbow injuries. I have previously worked with the Scoliosis Service at HSS and FOCOS, in addition to Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Specialists (ONS) at Greenwich Hospital with Yale New Haven Health. I am grateful to see FOCOS's sustainable development model in action in Ghana by observing the training and education that occurs at the hospital. I am looking forward to learning more about the rare conditions that FOCOS specializes in as well, and hope to shadow some surgeries while there. I am most excited to interact with the patients and learn more about them as we interact through activities like art, learning, and just playing around.