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Teenagers play surgeon for a day at UC Irvine Medical Center

August 04, 2011
Da Vinci Robot

IN THE NEWS: The arms of a Da Vinci robotic system hummed under green surgical lights in the UCI Medical Center basement. Tiny computer-assisted tools, designed for advance laparoscopic surgery, guided a suture through tiny metal loops quickly and with precision. The procedure on Thursday was a timed exercise meant to evaluate the first-time operator’s aptitude for the job. The “surgeon” was Colin Alexander, 13, from Brooklyn, N.Y. Twenty-two middle-school students from the Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim and Beginning with Children Charter School in Brooklyn were in Orange to participate in the UC Irvine Middle School Exchange Program – a hands-on experience to expose students to surgical career paths.

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