Kentucky Students to Watch Live Surgery
Media Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver, 859-361-1887
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 12, 2009) Science class is taking on a new twist for some Kentucky students. At 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, students will have the chance to watch a live surgery being performed at UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital via teleconferencing technology.
"We want to excite young people who wish to pursue health careers by using technology to bring them into the operating room so they can witness a live surgery, and interact with the surgeon during the procedure," said Rob Sprang, director of UK's Kentucky TeleCare program.
Dr. Scott Roth, associate professor of surgery and director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery program, UK College of Medicine, has chosen a case that will take about 60 minutes. He will perform a minimally invasive, or "keyhole" surgery, using an endoscope (a lighted tube with a magnifying camera, inserted through small incisions). This type of surgery now accounts for a significant percent of all operations, ranging from gall bladder surgery (the most common) to heart bypasses. This process reduces the risk of infection and is better tolerated by patients. The students will be addressed by Roth and will be able to see and hear all that he is doing.
"This is an opportunity for students from different parts of the state to interact with each other on a similar interest," said Carlos Marin, health careers coordinator, UK AHEC. "While most participating students will be high school students, we will also be joined by some nursing, surgical technology and respiratory care students. Students from more than 20 high schools and a number of community colleges will be participating in this event."
The University of Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Kentucky TeleCare (telemedicine program), in collaboration with regional AHEC offices, schools and community colleges, are presenting this learning opportunity.
For more information about the event, contact Carlos Marin at 859-323-8018 or by e-mail.