2010 Winter Olympics Doctor’s Journal; entry #7

Today was my day off, so I went to visit the Polyclinic and the Olympic Village.  Security is very strict there so I feel fortunate to have the proper credentials to get in.

atFitness centerThe Polyclinic is located right in the Village for easy access for the athletes and NOC (National Olympic Committee) members.  There is another one located at Whistler.  Each of the two 10,000 square foot (temporary) facilities provides every type of head-to-toe health care services imaginable.   You name it, it’s there – radiology including MRI and CT; orthotics and braces fitting; dental care; ophthalmology; pharmacy;  lab; in addition to physician assessment/treatment; physical therapy and massage. Continue reading “2010 Winter Olympics Doctor’s Journal; entry #7”

2010 Winter Olympics Doctor’s Journal; entry #6

Today was an exciting day for the host team both in speed skating and the men’s moguls. You could sense the excitement in the air when Kristina Groves of Canada won the bronze in the Women’s 3000 race; and Alexandre Bilodeau took the gold in men’s moguls freeestyle skiing.  It was the first time a Canadian has won an Olympic Gold medal at an Olympic Games in Canada (previous games were Summer Olympics 1976 in Montreal; and Winter Olympics 1988 in Calgary). The Victory ceremony will take place tomorrow night. Continue reading “2010 Winter Olympics Doctor’s Journal; entry #6”

2010 Winter Olympics Doctor’s Journal; entry #5 (Sunday)

3 docs in positionToday was the first day of competition at the Olympic Oval with the Men’s 5,000 race. There was a lot of excitement in the air and not a typical training day, although the athletes had a training session in the morning. There was increased security for entry to the ice.

Races began at noon, with 14 pairs of skaters racing against the clock for the best time. I was stationed with two other members of the medical team, on the field of play in the northeast corner where crashes tend to occur. Fortunately, there were no crashes today.

The big race of the day was Shani Davis (USA) and Sven Kramer (Netherlands).  Kramer won the gold, and set a new Olympic Record! It was so exciting for him, his family, and his team.

Sven Kramer (Netherlands) gold medal winner and Olympic record holder.
Sven Kramer (Netherlands) gold medal winner and Olympic record holder.

I even got a thumbs up from him behind the scenes. There is more racing to come and more chances for a gold for Shani Davis.

So… where is Stephen Colbert?

-Dr. Gloria Cohen

2010 Winter Olympics Doctor’s Journal; entry #4

inside Richmond

med team post

Today was my first full official day on the job. The group of physicians I am working with is a great team to work with. Here is a photo of my post for the morning and the spikes I have to wear in case I need to attend to a fallen skater on the ice.

My spikes

In between training sessions our medical team has been practicing lifts and transfers. Always best to be prepared for any emergency. Speed skating is the fastest human powered, non-mechanically aided sport in the world. They can reach speeds as fast as 60 kph or 37 mph per hour!

Check out the ceiling, it’s all pine. If you look closely you might see the rail camera along the glass. More later.

-Dr. Gloria Cohen

2010 Winter Olympics Doctor’s Journal; entry #3

3 docs

I have been meeting the team physicians from other countries as they pop in to say hi and check out our medical facilities. We have a top of the line musculoskeletal ultrasound system to help examine acute muscle and tendon injuries on site. In this photo is the team physician for the Austrian speed skating team (in red on the left), and Venue Medical officer Dr. Jeff Coleman on the right.

Tomorrow is my first official day on the job, so hopefully I will be able to get a few photos inside the oval itself. There are no spectators allowed in yet, so rules are pretty strict for photos at this time. The first of 12 medal events takes place this Saturday. Training days continue tomorrow and Friday.

Tonight is the Opening Ceremonies dress rehearsal and we have been sworn to secrecy so no surprises are revealed before the big day. Stay tuned!

I hear there is a blizzard back home. No blizzard here, but they are predicting rain, which means snow on Cypress Mountain, freestyle skiing and snowboarding venue. Looks like it will be arriving just in time!

-Dr. Gloria Cohen

2010 Winter Olympics Doctor’s Journal; entry #2

Richmond Olympic Oval
Richmond Olympic Oval

The are only 4 days to go to the opening of the Olympics.  I had my Venue Orientation Training session today and here is a photo of my “work place” for the next 3 weeks. It is called “The Jewel of the Olympics”.

What a beautiful building, of which I learned the ins and outs of today. Entry is first through Security and then Check-in, and only with accreditation (which I wear around my neck).

medical services

The Athlete Medical Services is one of the places I will be working on some shifts; and at other times on the field of play, which is right where the skating action is. All the equipment is top of the line, and readily available for any emergency.

Today was a training day for the athletes and it was exciting to watch the test races. These training race sessions are only open to those working at the venue, so you can imagine the security. It is a friendly environment, and it was nice to have an opportunity to talk with the speed skating medical teams from other countries.

-Gloria Cohen, MD

2010 Winter Olympics Doctor’s Journal; entry #1

Dr. Gloria Cohen checking in after arriving at Olympic venue in Vancouver on Sunday
Dr. Gloria Cohen checking in after arriving at Olympic venue in Vancouver on Sunday

I arrived in Vancouver in the early hours Sunday morning.  So far, all has gone smoothly from the flight to accreditation. Here I am  in my host team Olympic jacket (the rings are on the back), sporting a pair of Olympic mittens that were given to me by a friendly Canadian. And I earned a “Bonjour” pin for passing the bilingual test!

I will have a further introduction to the accreditation process at the Richmond Olympic Oval (ROO) this morning.  Everyone  here is getting excited for the games to begin.  Stay tuned.

– Gloria Cohen, MD

ONS Honored with Award of Appreciation by OGRCC

2009 Team photo
OGRCC Recreational Soccer Commissioner Chris Berzolla (far left) with Frank Ennis, MD and Katherine Vadasdi, MD (far right)

ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS FRANK ENNIS, MD AND KATHERINE VADASDI, MD OF ONS were presented with the Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center (OGRCC) Award of Appreciation on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at the fall Soccer Round Robin at Binney Park in Old Greenwich. OGRCC Recreational Soccer Commissioner Chris Berzolla presented the award in recognition of ONS’ role as lead sponsor and for providing on-going support for the organization’s fall and spring recreational youth soccer league and travel baseball teams. The programs serve over 1700 children in the greater Old Greenwich-Riverside area.

“We deeply appreciate ONS’s ongoing support of our programs especially during this difficult economic period,” said OGRCC Executive Director Deelia Wadsworth. “With their assistance we are able to continue to provide programs of high quality for our members.”

The Old Greenwich-Riverside Community Center is an organization whose goal is to promote a sense of community by providing recreational, athletic, educational and social programs for its members. Programs including Little Stars, Little League, Kitchen Tours and Model Sailboat Races serve a broad spectrum of ages, interests, skills and abilities. OGRCC strives to enrich the community through shared experiences on the ball fields, in program classrooms, and beyond.

ONS in Greenwich is the largest multi-specialty orthopaedic and neurosurgery practice in Fairfield and Westchester counties. ONS physicians provide expertise in sports medicine, minimally invasive orthopaedic, spine and brain surgery, joint replacement and trauma. For more information, please visit www.onsmd.com.

ONS Awarded Full Accreditation by American College of Radiology

ONS has been awarded full accreditation for its MRI scanner as a result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards. A peer-review panel assesses the qualifications of practice personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment and reports their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation. An evaluation of the ONS Magnetom Espree Open Bore MRI was conducted by a survey panel of board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

The ONS open MRI has an opening of more than 27 inches in diameter and has four times more power than standard open MRIs.

MRI Espree2
MRI Espree2

For virtually all exams, including lumbar spine scans, the patient’s feet enter the scanner first and the head remains outside of the magnet bore. A Board-certified radiologist evaluates each patient’s MRI scan and completes a diagnostic report for the physician. Through a digital computer network, doctors are able to review images and reports with their patients in the exam room. Continue reading “ONS Awarded Full Accreditation by American College of Radiology”