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Live … From the Heart at Nicolet gives high school students opportunity to view open heart surgery

 

Jan. 2, 2013
Nearly 90 students from Rhinelander High school recently visited Nicolet College to view a live video feed of an open heart surgery.

Live ... From The HeartThat’s right. Open heart surgery. Live. As it was happening!

The nothing-short-of-amazing Live … From the Heart event was made possible by a partnership between the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and the Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill., where the actual surgery took place.

“This is a wonderful and very unique opportunity for students interested in the health sciences to learn about a wide variety of aspects of the field,” said Kay Coates, the Rhinelander High School science teacher who coordinated the event with the Museum of Science and Industry.

During the video feed operating room staff talked with students about a broad-range of topics that ranged from how to keep your heart healthy, the education and training surgical staff needed for their jobs, and descriptions of surgical techniques as they were performing them.

The event also gave students a close-up look at the arterial bypass surgery process, including video from a tiny camera that was maneuvered inside the patient.

“This program brings classroom learning to life,” said Nicole Kowrach, director of Teaching and Learning for the Museum’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education.  “Live…From the Heart gets students excited about science, which helps us achieve the Museum’s vision to inspire and motivate all children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering.”

This is the second year a Live … From the Heart video feed has been shown at Nicolet College.