Deborah Surgeon Guides High School Students through Valve Replacement Surgery

A thousand students from fourteen high schools in Burlington, Camden, Ocean, and Atlantic Counties shared a one-hour interactive, video simulcast of a mitral valve replacement surgery, watching from auditoriums in their individual high schools.

Led by Deborah Heart and Lung Center Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Ronald Ross, MD, the simulcast guided students through a previously videotaped, complex surgical repair performed in one of Deborah’s cardiac operating rooms on its campus in Browns Mills.

Throughout Dr. Ross’s simulcast he received — and answered — real-time questions from high school students in the Lenape District, Maple Shade, Moorestown Friends, Northern Burlington Regional, Pemberton Township, Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts School, Cherry Hill High Schools East and West, Collingswood, New Egypt, and the Atlantic County Institute of Technology. The questions and answers were shared among all the students.

The simulcast is part of Deborah’s Adolescent Medicine Educational Program, which for the past six years has brought together students from throughout New Jersey to witness first-hand how a specialist performs an operative procedure. Previous simulcasts have included a leg amputation caused by peripheral arterial blockage; coronary artery bypass surgery; and carotid artery stenting.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center is one of the country’s leading teaching institutions, with a robust Fellowship Program to train the next generation of physicians and surgeons. As an adjunct to Deborah’s Fellowship Training Program, the Hospital developed its Adolescent Medicine Program to reach high school students with an interest in pursuing a medical career.

“This video simulcast program offers a unique educational opportunity that brings actual medical procedures right into students’ home school district, and exposes teenagers to a real-time view of healthcare career opportunities,” said Lynn B. McGrath, MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Deborah. “Providing this type of medical knowledge to students at a young age can often have a lasting impact on career decisions. We are excited to be able to share our expertise with teenagers who are beginning to think of the future.”

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