Virtual field trip takes students into operating room

It can take up to 12 years to become a robotic surgeon

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KLKN) – As digital classrooms become more common, some are finding that they have an advantage.  Video can get students into places they never would have been allowed before, including the operating room, where CHI Health St. Francis has a new robot.

Central City students took a virtual field trip to St. Francis where Dr. Anton Simorov showed them how the robot worked.

Dr. Simorov says it can take 10 to 12 years to become a robotic surgeon because it’s not as simple as turning it on and letting it do all of the work.  But the robot can make small, precise movements and get where a human can’t, which means better outcomes for patients.

“Small incisions take care of the problems faster, people return to work faster,” Dr. Simorov says.

The hospital hopes to get young people who are interested in robotics or healthcare to explore unique career options.

“You do not have to be a surgeon to be in the OR,” said Kimber Calkins, nurse manager. “You can start right away out of high school and make $12 to 15 an hour and work your way up and use your facility’s tuition reimbursement, they’ll pay for your school.”

St. Francis opened their $32 million surgery addition last year.  The staff says they’re trying to stay up to date with cutting-edge technology and surgical practices, which means high-tech tools, and motivating future scientists.

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