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Berks County 4-Hers Experience Being a Robotic Surgeon

Posted: December 18, 2014

Berks County 4-H visit the Reading Health System's DaVinci Robot.
4-H members were able to operate the robotic equipment and feel what it is like to be a robotic surgeon. All agreed that this was very cool and the HD 3D images were amazing!

4-H members were able to operate the robotic equipment and feel what it is like to be a robotic surgeon. All agreed that this was very cool and the HD 3D images were amazing!

“This is so cool!” was heard frequently through the hallways on the robotic surgical floor of The Reading Hospital and Medical Center on November 20th. Berks County 4-H members were treated to a special tour by the enthusiastic surgical team assigned to the robot operating rooms. The DaVinci Robot is on the cutting edge of new medical technology and Berks County 4-Hers were very fortunate to have this opportunity to learn about the robot.

Berks County 4-H members and volunteers donned medical suits to keep the operating room clean and free of germs. Then the surgical team took them into the operating rooms and shared how the robot works and why it is more efficient and accurate than traditional surgery. The really neat part of the tour started when 4-Hers had the opportunity to operate the surgical robot, just like a doctor would do in surgery! They operated the robot, in real-time, on a small training set that had coins, paperclips, and rubber bands to manipulate. Tour participants also had the opportunity to train on a simulation game that is used to train surgeons and residents. Naturally, there were questions about how you train to have the opportunity to work in this highly skilled medical environment which the staff answered enthusiastically.

This special opportunity, made possible by The Reading Hospital and Medical Center, was an impactful learning experience for all – very educational and informative. The kids and adults that attended all agreed that learning about this real life application of robots contributed to their overall understand of the value of technology in everyday life.