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Virtual Operating Theater Lets Students Sit in on Surgery in Real Time

Are you thinking about becoming a surgeon? Do you know any students who are?

If so, you should know about Live from Surgery, a unique learning experience that lets students observe surgical operations remotely, and in 3D, no less. The program is currently being offered by the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, where students can sit in a comfortable modern theater and get a close look at operations as they are happening. As an extra bonus, surgeons talk to students about the surgery before and after it takes place and – when appropriate – while the procedure is taking place.

It is an immersive learning experience. To quote from the program’s website:

“During each Live From Surgery session, held in our Interactive Theater or 3D Science Theater, students will view a procedure occurring live, communicate virtually with the doctors, and physically hold the instruments viewed on screen. Your group is free to explore the Science Center after the session.”

If you are not able to send a group of students to New Jersey to the Science Center, no problem, because surgeries can be broadcast live to your school classroom.

What Kind of Surgeries Are Available for Watching?

The following procedures are available for viewing, depending on when they are taking place:

  • Cardiac/Valve Surgery
  • Heart Transplant/VAD
  • Kidney Transplant
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
  • Neonatal Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Robotic Surgery

Are Other Virtual Surgery Programs Available?

The University of Southern California’s Medical Virtual Reality program offers another opportunity for students to observe a variety of medical procedures, though not in real time. The program also offers simulations of physical therapy treatments and other procedures. It’s another excellent educational option for students who want to explore the field of medicine.

Are the students you know aware of all the cutting-edge learning options that are available in the STEM fields? To stay current on what’s happening in higher education, we encourage you to Participate in the National Career Pathway Study.

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