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Scecina students experience 'Live from the Heart'

Dr. Charles Sinclair and his Scecina science students watch a live heart surgery from a Chicago hospital as part of the Museum of Science and Industry's Live from the Heart program.

Thanks to an amazing program by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and the wonders of technology, 37 Scecina anatomy and biology students went live into an operating room earlier this month at Chicago’s Advocate Christ Medical Center to watch heart surgery.

Charles Sinclair’s students were set up at Marian University to watch via an interactive videoconference, joining other high school students in New York and at the museum in Chicago. They now are among 40,000 students from across the United States who have taken part in the museum’s 11-year-old “Live from the Heart” program.

“The field trip made science very relevant to the students,” said Dr. Sinclair. While the surgical team performed the open heart procedure, students were able to ask live questions of the team, interacting with doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists while they operated on a 75-year-old female patient.

“It was an amazing experience,” said junior Corinne Maue, “because how often do you get to see a real surgery? The fact that it was interactive was neat because it was more engaging. It was definitely worthwhile and I hope they do it again so more students get to experience it.”

Corinne has a message for the Scecina science students who decided against taking the field trip: “They missed out on something that’s kind of surreal,” she said. “At first you don’t quite grasp that it was a real woman having the surgery. It just wasn’t quite the same as watching it on TV on “Grey’s Anatomy” or “ER.“

Advocate Christ Medical Center performs 800 heart surgeries a year, the medical team told the students. They showed the students how serious their jobs are, literally life and death. When one of the students from another high schools asked the medical team about the possibility of medical mistakes, the surgeon answered: “This lady’s life depends on us not goofing up. Our job is to make this look simple. You don’t want to hear the team say, ‘oh, man, this is the hardest surgery I’ve ever done.”

“Live from the Heart” is a program of the museum’s Center for the Advancement of Science Education. For more information visit the museum’s website.

Scecina’s students also were able to visit the gross anatomy laboratory lab at Marian University's College of Osteopathic Medicine.

The field trip for “Live from the Heart and to Marian’s medical school enforces Scecina’s Biomedical Science (BMS) Program -- a partnership with Project Lead The Way. PLTW is a United States nonprofit organization that develops STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curricula for use by elementary, middle, and high schools. Read more about Scecina’s Biomedical Science Program and Project Lead the Way on our website at

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1. Sude wrote:
i had lasik and it didnt make my eyes good enough. they said my viison has the be the same for 2 eye exams before I can have the second surgery to do it again. i had an eye exam last month and have one this month. but they also said they have to wait 3 to 6 months after the first surgery. this next eye exam will be 3 months and If my viison hasn't changed, I'll have the surgery that same day... hope this helped...btw, i went to lasik plus, and don't recommend them to anyone Was this answer helpful?

Mon, August 3, 2015 @ 10:27 AM

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