Operation Rainbow is an orthopaedic charitable organization doing humanitarian missions in Central and South America. The mission is twofold – to provide orthopedic treatment to children and young adults suffering from congenital abnormalities or untreated injuries, and to provide training to the local doctors and hospital staff so that they can better serve these vulnerable people. I have been honored to be a part of this organization’s missions to Guatemala the last several years and I’m excited to report that this year, I will be joining the team on a mission to Ecuador in April. We will be staying in the town of Loja and working with the local hospital there. We will see hundreds of patients in clinic and then perform a marathon of surgeries over 4 days to take care of as many people as possible. The local hospital staff will learn what we do, how to care for these patients and manage some of these problems on their own. Equipment will be donated to help them continue to do the work in our absence. It’s the emphasis on continuing medical education that most attracts me to this organization. Not only are we helping those in need, but we are able to give them the tools to do it themselves in an area where access to continuing medical education and modern equipment is limited. Take a look at what Operation Rainbow has to offer. While I’m away I will post updates on our work – as internet connectivity allows.