Since 2005, Cornell students have regularly assisted on Operation Walk missions in countries such as El Salvador, Viet Nam, and China at the invitation of Operation Walk founder Dr. Lawrence D. Dorr '63. The students chosen for this prestigious honor observe medical professionals performing joint replacement surgeries, and they assist with physical therapy and many other aspects of the trip. 

According to the Operation Walk homepage, "Operation Walk is a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical services organization which provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries (and occasionally in the US), that have no access to life-improving care for arthritis or other debilitating bone and joint conditions. Operation Walk also educates in-country orthopedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals on the most advanced treatments and surgical techniques for diseases of the hip and knee joints. This is done in conjunction with surgeries to help create a lasting contribution to patient care in developing countries."

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