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Mercy Hospital surgeon teaches high school students the world of robotic surgery

SACRAMENTO – A unique experience for high school students taking a step into the world of robotic surgery. Mercy Hospital hosted students to learn the ins and outs of the future of surgical medicine.

In an operating room and under the guidance of Mercy Hospital surgeon Tyler Robinson, the students prepared to learn the painstaking process of scrubbing.

“We’re getting more and more active,” said Davis high school student Taylor Rogers.

And a chance to operate one of the hospital’s surgical robots.

“I thought it was really cool how people can operate without having to be there. I thought that was super interesting and very innovative,” said Kathlin Whitehead, a senior at Davis High School.

The event is part of a ten-week program in partnership with the high school to expose students to real-life experiences and ultimately inspire and empower the next generation of healthcare professionals.

“It’s given them an opportunity to see all the different healthcare options. Especially the robot, because it’s the future and our students are the future,” said Jennifer Johnston, the advanced robotics coordinator at Mercy General Hospital.

The use of robotics in surgery has become increasingly common around the world over the past decade.

Robinson said the technology helps doctors perform surgeries more efficiently, is less invasive and more accurate and makes recovery much faster.

“We can use intuitive surgical robots, we can perform very complicated surgeries through a small incision,” Robinson said.

For a generation of young people growing up dependent on technology, Robinson says they are ready for this kind of innovation.

“I really think they’re going to be particularly attuned to some of the technology that’s going to change our entire world, including surgery,” Robinson said.

This is the first high school class to be invited to this type of demonstration, but they say it certainly won’t be their last.