Healthcare Interactive brings students into the operating room, virtually

Students at Granite Technical Institute in Salt Lake City watch the interactive broadcast of a live birth and discussion with two Intermountain Healthcare physicians.

Hundreds of Utah students participated in today’s Virtual Healthcare Interactive. The program gives students an up-close view of a real medical procedure and an opportunity to chat live with the physicians, who are on hand to answer questions and explain as the procedure unfolds. This year’s topic was maternal and infant health. The students viewed two different births: a live normal delivery and a caesarean section. Then the students at each of the 10 broadcast locations had an hour to ask questions about the procedure and about what it’s like to work in the field.

Approximately 350 students participated from nine school districts and six high schools. The school districts included Canyons, Granite, Jordan, Murray, North Summit, Park City, Salt Lake City, Tooele, and Wasatch. The participating high schools were Kanab, Lake Powell, Ogden, Rich, Roy, and Weber. The program is a great opportunity for students thinking about a career in the health field to see if it is actually something they are interested in pursuing.

Drs. Anne Anderson and Steve Kammeyer talk to students during the interactive broadcast from the Utah State Office of Education studio.

The physicians came to the Utah State Office of Education where they could be seen and heard by the students in the broadcast sites through an interactive broadcast link provided by UEN, Utah Education Network. The physicians participating in this year’s event were Drs. Anne Anderson, a neonatologist, and Dr. Steven Kammeyer, an OBGYN. Both are at Intermountain Healthcare.

Drs. Anne Anderson and Steve Kammeyer talk to students during the interactive broadcast from the Utah State Office of Education studio.

Students came prepared with questions on a variety of topics. For instance, one student from Rich High School in Randolph asked when physicians determine a C-section is appropriate. Another student from Fremont High School in Ogden asked about the role of hormones like relaxin in the delivery process. A student from Lake Powell High School in Bullfrog asked what the most common birth defect the physicians had seen. Another personal question for the physicians came from a student at the Granite Technical Institute, asking what the most rewarding part of their jobs is.

 

The program is a partnership with Utah Career and Technical Education and Intermountain Healthcare. Each year, students in the Health Science CTE pathway are given an opportunity to participate in the Virtual Healthcare Interactive, with permission from their parents or guardians. Last year, the topic was knee surgery.

For more photos of the event, check out our Flickr page. New this year, @UTPublicEd tweeted live from the event. You can see the twitter feed at #UTCTE.

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1 comment to Healthcare Interactive brings students into the operating room, virtually

  • This sounds like a great program to get more students interested in medicine. These students could be the doctors of the future, making decisions in our hospitals.