Students from local area high schools got a hand’s on experience with the future of surgery, thanks to Dr. Shyam Dahiya of Tri-City Regional Medical Center, who gave them an introduction to the newly acquired da Vinci surgical robot system. Dr. Dahiya invited the students into the operating room to experience how the robotic technology is transforming traditional surgery.
Students were able to control the robot on a simulator (not a real patient) and gain experience about how the new robotic technology improves surgical outcomes. The students were from St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower and Cerritos High School.
“It was better than I even imagined,” said Chelsea Megan Barcenas, 16, a junior at St. Joseph High School. “It’s the future of medicine and surgery and I plan to study biomechanical medical engineering, so this was very exciting for me,” she said.
Dr. Dahiya, who serves as Chief of Surgery at Tri-City Regional Hospital, said he wanted to share the advanced surgical technology with students as a way to get them excited about a career in medicine and surgery.
Students watch on as Dr. Dahiya demonstrates the intricacies of the da Vinci Surgical System.
“Robotic surgery is the technology of the future and it requires skills that are in line with today’s youth who play video games and can interact with technology so effortlessly. It’s our way of preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s job skills and there is no better hook than a robot. It was exciting for me as a surgeon to teach young students who have an interest in science. I hope some become surgeons in our communities in the coming years.”
Tri-City Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the community with the advanced da Vinci surgical robot, Dr. Dahiya said. Click here for more information about the da Vinci Surgical System.