Potential Medics enjoyed a day of hands-on surgery when Operating Theatre Live returned to QMC. Students were able to find out whether they have what it takes to become a surgeon, by carrying out numerous procedures including heart and brain disection, pacemaker implantation, organ transplant and lung inflation using real organs from pigs.
It was definitely not for the faint hearted but our aspiring medics were excited rather than put off by the experience, and enjoyed the challenge of performing complicated surgical techniques. Yasmin (A Level Biology, Chemistry and Modern History) and Charlotte (A Level Biology, Chemistry and Maths) commented that the day had been really enjoyable and worthwhile. The students, who are both also completing the Perspectives on Science Extended Project Qualification, particularly enjoyed disecting the brain and completing procedures on organs which were placed inside life-sized mannequins.
It was the second time that Operating Theatre Live had attended QMC this year and plans are already being made to enable more of our science, psychology and health and social care students to benefit from the fantastic opportunity. A great chance to supplement their classroom learning within a unique theatre setting.
Samuel Piri, Operating Theatre Live's Director and Medical Anatomist led the day, along with his team of practicing Operating Theatre Technicians. Sam was able to link the practical elements back to the A Level syllabus which helped students to grasp some of the more complicated concepts.