Education Initiatives

Educating the medical community and general public is key component to support AREF’s mission.

Surgeons and physicians from around the world attend events held at AREF to learn the newest surgical techniques and methodologies from experts. AREF also hosts a number of community events to educate the public on the latest health care trends and injury prevention techniques.

Educating the Medical Community

We provide doctors, residents and fellows hands-on training in the latest surgical techniques. Advanced technology and full connectivity throughout AREF impact how doctors learn about and successfully treat injuries and disorders. Participants can learn both by watching and following live procedures as they are broadcast into our conference rooms and laboratory.

AREF has a network of physicians that provide expertise and counsel to others across the country and internationally to help those in need receive the best medical care for their respective conditions. We offer training throughout the year to physicians, residents, interns, and visiting medical personnel located throughout the United States and abroad. In addition, AREF has passes nearly 16,000 square feet of dedicated research laboratories and education and conference facilities. AREF houses three distinct research laboratory facilities instrumented with state-of-the-art research instrumentation.

AREF has established an ACGME Accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is a post-residency training program that prepares Fellows to be the leaders in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine for the remainder of their careers.

Community Education

The Andrews Institute provides a number of community education courses to support the health and wellness of our local community. We have indentified current health and injury prevention needs and continually host a number of events to support this initiative.

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Community Outreach

AREF is committed to disseminating the latest information to the general public and target groups to prevent injuries and promote wellness. We provide a number of free services to the community to address these needs. They include:

  • Distribution of a 14-minute DVD “Heads-Up: Reducing the Risk of Catastrophic Head and Neck Injuries in Football” to 21,000 high schools.
  • Annual Coaches Clinic with Division 1 football coaches and high school football coaches from the southern United States.
  • Weightlifting Injury Prevention seminars for adolescent and high school athletes. The goal is to teach the proper weightlifting techniques in order to avoid injuries.
  • The Andrews Institute is an official Sports Partner with USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the NFL and NFL Players Association. The Andrews Institute provides health and safety information for the USA Football web site and magazine
  • Planning and helping raise awareness about the Dr. Alec Kessler Memorial Foundation, which seeks to raise funds for scholarships and mentorships to local area high school seniors.
  • Baptist Health Care and the Andrews Institute provides certified athletic trainers (ATCs) to all high schools within Escambia and Santa Rosa County. By providing direct, on-the-field care we are able to prevent injuries and help expediate care to those athletes that may be injured.