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Back to Play

Hoag Orthopedics has created a unique career exposure program. Back to Play is a theatrical reenactment that follows an athlete from their injury through diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, and introduces a variety of healthcare careers to students. The event gives students a peek into what a normal patient interaction might look like, experience mentor moments from each professional, witness a mock surgery, and participate in a Q&A discussion panel. Back to Play exposes students to a multitude of career paths, from certification and vocational schooling, to medical school and beyond.

Since 2017 we have been able to host 540 high school students from across LA and Orange counties. If your classroom or school is interested in attending one of these philanthropically supported events, please reach out to Vanessa Glotzbach, Senior Programs Manager at 949-679-8546 or

Careers Highlighted

  • Anesthesiologist
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Medical Assistant
  • MRI Technologist
  • Operating Room Nurse
  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Performance Coach
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Recovery Room Nurse
  • Scrub Tech
  • Sterile Processing Equipment
  • X-Ray Technician

Back to Play in the News

Los Angeles Times Article

Los Angeles Times Article Photo Gallery

OC Register Article

Back to Play Videos

Back to Play Video May 2017

Back to Play Video November 2018