How cool is this? Kids get to try their hand at surgery

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May 4, 2005

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How cool is this? Kids get to try their hand at surgery

Legacy medical staff offers annual ‘Surgery Day’ for sixth graders

PORTLAND, Ore., May 4, 2005 ⎯ (PORTLAND, Ore., May 4, 2005) ⎯ Legacy Research & Technology Center will host 55 sixth graders from Catlin Gabel School on Friday, May 6, as they gain hands-on experience performing mock surgeries. Sixteen physicians, seven nurses, one physician assistant and five pharmaceutical company representatives will create a fun and educational experience to introduce kids to modern surgical techniques and careers in healthcare.

Students will rotate through seven surgical instruction stations just like doctors in training. Students will wear full surgical scrubs and suture pigs’ feet and hearts, break up “kidney” stones, perform ultrasound tests, repair broken bones in the face, leg and feet and perform Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) through one-quarter inch incisions, aided by a laparoscope, a slender video camera inserted into the “patient.”

In the afternoon, students will visit Legacy Emanuel Hospital & Health Center and tour a Life Flight helicopter, a Children’s Transport Team vehicle and the Emergency Department.

This unique teaching opportunity was started in 1996 by William Long, M.D., medical director of Legacy Trauma Services, when his son was in the sixth grade at Catlin Gabel School. Most years since, the program has been continued by parents of Catlin Gabel students who work at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. According to this year’s organizer, Claudia Gallison, M.D., the Legacy medical staff looks forward to “Surgery Day” each year and put a lot of work into creating a great learning experience for the kids.

“Thanks to Legacy Health System and the medical professionals who donate their time and equipment, students are exposed to state-of-the-art techniques in medicine as well as careers that they might not know about. It shows that both men and women can be nurses, doctors and other professionals with exciting careers in medicine,” said Larry Hurst, a sixth grade science teacher at Catlin Gabel. “Each year, students are excited to visit the Legacy Research & Technology Center to practice techniques that few people, other than medical students, get to do. Kids become incredibly focused when they’re given an authentic learning situation using high-tech equipment with their own hands.”

About Legacy Health System Located in Portland, Oregon, Legacy Health System is a nonprofit healthcare organization offering inpatient, outpatient, tertiary, home care and hospice services at multiple sites. Legacy Health System includes Emanuel Hospital & Health Center, Emanuel Children’s Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center, Meridian Park Hospital, Mount Hood Medical Center, Visiting Nurse Association and primary care clinics. For more information, please visit

About Catlin Gabel School Catlin Gabel School is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to academic excellence, individualized attention, multiculturalism, and lifelong learning. Situated on a 54-acre wooded campus in Southwest Portland, Oregon, Catlin Gabel offers its 700 students an enriched curriculum blending science, math, humanities, the arts, athletics, and a strong sense of community for students in preschool through twelfth grade. The school is fully accredited, and is independently governed by a board of trustees as a nonprofit institution without tax support or religious affiliation. For more information, please visit