Burke High School senior Shanevia Minus has watched so many medical shows on TV that she no longer winces at the sight of blood.
She was one of the students in a health science technology class eager to watch a virtual hysterectomy surgery in her classroom Thursday.
Her class was one of 15 in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester county high schools that streamed video of the surgery, which Dr. James Martin performed at Trident Medical Center in November, from a computer onto a screen in their classrooms. Martin narrated the broadcast, telling students what he did and why. He also answered questions that students submitted online.
The program, which is meant to spark interest in health careers, was sponsored by Trident Health System, the South Carolina Hospital Association and the state Department of Education.
Minus, who’s 17 and wants to be a pediatric surgeon, said she wanted to watch a surgeon “just go for it and not hesitate.”
Martin, a gynecologist, said he was pleased to participate in the program. He finds the operating room is an interesting place to work and he likes sharing the experience with students. But he can’t take a group of high school students into the operating room to watch a surgery, he said, so this is the next best thing.
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