Kentucky Teens to Watch Live Surgery
Media Contact: Mary Margaret Colliver, 859-361-1887
LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 15, 2009) - Teenagers from Kentucky middle schools and high schools have the chance to watch a live surgery being performed at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital. At 8 a.m. Thursday, June 18, students attending summer health careers camps will view the surgery using telemedicine 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. Joseph Iocono, assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics, and assistant director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery program, UK College of Medicine, has chosen a case that will demonstrate key aspects of minimally invasive surgery. Iocono, along with Dr. Sean Skinner, assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics, will perform a diagnostic thoracoscopy in a teenager with a mass in the chest. This type of 'keyhole' surgery now accounts for a significant percentage of all operations. These techniques reduce the risk of infection and are better tolerated by patients. The students will be addressed by Iocono and will be able to see and hear all that the surgeons are doing.
"We are excited to be able to provide this educational experience for the students," said Iocono. "We are indebted to the patients and families who allow us to show our skills to these students. The telemedicine technology that is provided by UK allows us to demonstrate the operative experience seamlessly without increasing risk to the patient. The goal of the operation is to see if a larger operation is necessary to remove the mass and allows us to biopsy the mass with very small incisions and minimal discomfort to the patient."
"This is an opportunity for students participating in health career camps from different parts of the state to interact with each other on a similar interest," said Carlos Marin, health careers coordinator, UK AHEC Education Center. "Most of the students participating in this event are high school age, but we do have a few students participating from a middle school health career camp."
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 by email or at 859-323-8018.