High School Students Participate in CyberSurgeon Mission through Honors Anatomy Class
Imagine you’re part of a medical team assigned to a surgical ship that’s traveling up the Amazon River in Brazil. Dozens of scientists who’ve been stationed in the tropical rain forest have become ill. It’s your job to assess their symptoms, diagnose their illness, recommend a treatment plan, and ultimately discharge each patient.
That’s the scenario students in Ms. Allison Okel’s Honors Anatomy class faced during a recent Cyber Surgeon educational mission conducted through the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Students communicated with the Chief Medical Officer in real time online to track patient conditions and monitor progress for this mock medical emergency.
“We spent a week learning to read and make medical charts and we studied with practice patients to prepare. This exercise is a great way to apply what students have learned this year about body systems,” said Ms. Okel.
“I diagnosed her with an enlarged thyroid gland. I hope we’re right!” explained Molinaro.
After a successful diagnosis and treatment plan, patients were discharged by the Chief Medical Officer. The team with the most discharges won the challenge.
As part of the exercise, students also learned about some real clinical trials through the National Institutes for Health. They also studied the role of real-life Cyber Surgeons.