Rhinebeck High School Students Invited to be Robotic Surgeons for a Day
On Tuesday, September 27 from 10 am to 1 pm, Rhinebeck High School students from AP Biology, AP Physics, and Principles of Engineering courses will be involved in experiencing the Da Vinci robot – Northern Dutchess Hospital’s new high-tech surgical robot - by performing a mock surgery during a hands-on field trip.
Guest presenter Ob/Gyn Dr. Maureen Terranova, from CareMount Medical, who is on staff at the hospital, will demonstrate the robotic technology. Students will watch as Dr. Terranova uses robotic arms at a console that are synchronized with her hand movements, and will be able to observe 3D views inside a "patient’s" body.
In addition, Northern Dutchess Hospital will provide a demonstration robot so that each student will be able to experience what it is like to be a robotically-trained surgeon. From 11 am until noon, students will perform robotic tasks and work together on critical-thinking exercises and activities, led by a surgeon’s assistant and surgical scrub technician. From noon to 1 pm, in the cafeteria conference room during a lunch break, students will have the opportunity to ask questions of medical staff regarding healthcare technology and the medical field.
Northern Dutchess Hospital offers Da Vinci surgery to perform precise urological, gynecological, colorectal and gastrointestinal procedures. In early 2016, the hospital purchased the newest Da Vinci Xi model from California-based Intuitive Surgical, Inc., investing $2 million to bring major medical center technology to the local community.