Westinghouse College Prep Students Participate in Live Surgery Broadcast
By Kara SpakFor Students May 12, 2014
Soper performed the gallbladder removal at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, narrating into a microphone, while the students watched the broadcast in real time in a school classroom seven miles away on Chicago’s West Side.
“This is crystal clear,” Soper said. “The students see exactly what the surgeons see. It’s really made for this kind of video teaching.”
The May 12 surgery was Soper’s second broadcast with the students, who impressed him with their conscientious questions.
“They seemed pretty savvy about what was going on,” Soper said, noting they received some training before the surgery on the role of the gall bladder in the body. “Their questions made sense. It was as though they were in college or med school. This is a really smart group of kids and they have really great technology in Westinghouse.”